posted on Apr, 14 2010 @ 10:14 AM
I was going to start a Gun Control thread today in response to a local Grad Student's plight. Up until the Virginia Tech shooting spree, it was
illegal (even in Florida) to carry your concealed weapon on campus. The law has recently changed, but the wording is somewhat vague and it hasn't
been to court yet.
On April 1st, a popular Communications Grad Student at FSU walked home, across campus, from a friends apartment, but he never arrived at his own
apartment. On April 8th, a missing person's report was filed, and last night, April 13th, 3 men were arrested in Miami, FL, and they were connected
to the disappearance in Tallahassee.
It turns out that 3 men guilty of Armed-Robbery and Manslaughter, were able to escape from prison in Louisiana, and happened to travel through
Tallahassee on their way to Miami. While in Tallahassee, they robbed a Walgreens store, broke into an apartment near campus, and somehow came into
contact with this student walking home. When they were picked up, they had evidence connecting them to both robberies, and the student, and they
still had a bloody knife in their possession. The missing student still hasn't been found, and the blood on the knife hasn't been confirmed to be
his yet, but one of the men did admit to being involved in his disappearance.
So, here is my gun control spiel. I have walked across this campus literally hundreds, maybe thousands of times at all hours. I always carried my
gun, even when it was illegal. I have been approached a few times by bums, or shady looking characters, but my size and demeanor always caused these
people to move on without incident.
So, am I really that intimidating, or was it because I had the gun, and the inner knowledge that I could defend myself that made me look like less of
a victim, and cause these encounters to be non-events? If I wasn't carrying the gun, and if I tried to avoid these situations, would I have been
pursued and robbed, due to my "prey" behavior? If this student, who was a pretty big and outgoing fellow, if this student had been carrying a
weapon, would the 3 escaped convicts have chosen another target and moved on? If they still chose to press this victim, would his concealed gun have
saved his life against 3 men with 1 knife?
In 20 years, I have never once had to pull a gun from its concealed location on my person, but I have had many scary encounters that I faced with
confidence instead of fear, and I believe that having the gun as a last resort is the very reason I have never needed it.
BTW, please pray for the safe return of this FSU student. He may still be alive and wounded somewhere.