WKU Officials Say Protest Won't Sway University's No-Gun Policy

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) - A group of Western Kentucky University students are planning a protest next month to decry a campus policy banning guns.

An online group pushed for the protests nationally after the shootings at Virginia Tech that killed 33 people earlier this year.

"It's called the empty holster protest," Western Kentucky University student Nathan Hayes said. "In support for allowing concealed carry on campus."

He said students licensed to carry guns should be able to bring them to campus.Western Kentucky's policy bans all guns on campus.

School officials said despite the protest, scheduled for the week of Oct. 22, they would not consider changing the school's gun policy.

"Western's policy is very clear. You cannot carry a weapon on campus or in any of our buildings," said Gene Tice, WKU's Vice- President of Student Affairs.

Tice said officials suggested a number of changes following the Virginia Tech shootings to improve campus safety. Those suggestions
did not include guns, he said.

"We have never discussed nor have we ever considered anyone carrying weapons on campus. Only our police officers are authorized
to carry weapons and we're very firm about that," Tice said.

He said students carrying guns might actually create a more dangerous environment.

"My concern would be the person would not have that kind of training in a highly charged emotional situation the way our police would," Tice said.

Nationwide, 38 states ban weapons at schools, and 16 of those
specifically ban guns on college campuses, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Other states allow schools to adopt their own gun policies.

Members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus at more than 60 colleges are aiming to change laws to allow permit holders to
carry on campus.

"I've always felt strongly about it," Hayes said. The shootings at Virginia Tech were "the straw though that broke the camel's back."

Students will protest by wearing an empty holster on campus. Hayes said several students have signed up.

School officials said they would be keeping a close eye on protesters to ensure their holsters are empty.

--- Information from: Daily News, http://www.bgdailynews.com

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  • by Bill on Oct 10, 2007 at 05:27 PM
    I have read that Japan wanted to invade the USA and that Tojo(sp) said NO there would be a gun behind every bush.
  • by Debbie Location: Arizona on Oct 2, 2007 at 10:58 AM
    Good luck to the members of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus. I hope your peacful protest can get the word across. I wear my holster empty when I go into places where my gun is not allowed. It reminds people that we are there and we are not the ones to fear. I am a 40 something law-abiding female. Am I the threat that people are looking at?
  • by Dannyboy Location: NoVA on Sep 28, 2007 at 04:18 AM
    To the guy who says that the 2nd amendment only applies to militias, go look up the definition. A militia is a body of CITIZENS that can form an impromptu army if needed. Most states' constitutions define a militia as all resident males over the age of 18. Once again, education is useful!
  • by mel Location: location on Sep 26, 2007 at 03:19 AM
    all of you wacko's in favor of carrying concealed weapons really frighten me with your extreme verbage and over-zealous support of this (very bad) idea. if you want to persuade people that you have a reasonable and safe point, it might be wise to change your presentation. you are the very people I WOULD NOT want to have a concealed gun. Vigilante mentality.
  • by Geoff Location: San Antonio, TX on Sep 25, 2007 at 11:42 AM
    Two comments folks: 1) Don't get too carried away by the 2nd Amendment's wording about the "Militia"...You ARE the militia. All of us, "We The People" constitute the militia, and always have. The Natl. Guard is just a reserve branch of the military, they don't replace the peop;e's "Militia." Therefore, WE are protected under the 2nd Amendment. 2)No one has the right to prevent anyone else from defending him/herself from harm, and far and away the most effective defense is with a gun. If the campus denies me the right to carry on campus, they automatically incur the obligation to protect me themselves. I agree with the writer who suggested a document that you try (good luck!) to get the administration to sign, recognizing that obligation. Then sue them for failing when someone with a CCW license gets hurt because (s)he was not adequately protected by the school, and was not allowed to protect him/herself.
  • by John Location: ME on Sep 25, 2007 at 08:29 AM
    To one of those liberals: Militia does not equal military. Acording to US CODE: Title 10, Subtitle A, Part 1, Chapter 13, para 311 The militia of the United States consists of all able bodied males at least 17 years of age and under 45 years of age. There are two classes; the organized militia (National Guard and Navel Militia) and the unorganzed militia (every one not in the National Guard or Navel militia) When the US Constitution was ratified (1788) and the Bill of Rights was ratified (1791) there were no National Guard or Federal armed forces, so how could the Second Amendment refer to them? The Constitution and the Bill of Rights is about The People, not the Government of the United States. The right of an individual to defend themself against death or injury is paramount to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The Second Amendment doesn't grant the people this right, it simple states that this right cannot be infringed.
  • by Mr. Obvious Location: KY on Sep 25, 2007 at 06:28 AM
    Hey brad, you may want to take a minute to actually think about the content of the story before commenting. Can the university control what it's students do off campus? No. That is the whole point, the students want to bring their guns onto campus to protect themselves. Life is never as easy as it seems brad.
  • by Brad Location: Frankfort on Sep 25, 2007 at 12:09 AM
    Want to have a gun?? Move off campus! Simple as that! Just do not bring it on campus!
  • by Woodpiggie Location: Plattsburgh NY on Sep 24, 2007 at 10:47 PM
    Notice that the psychos usually are not so crazy as to open fire in a police station or a gun store. They tend to like nice soft gun free zones replete with helpless targets. Nothing makes more sense than banning, or severly limiting the number of gun-free zones for screened,trained and tested civilians. I offer up Israel as one exhibit of a well nation known for its civility and low rate of violent crime coinciding with a well armed citizenry.
  • by chris Location: ohio on Sep 24, 2007 at 09:53 PM
    dummys, stop P. footing with these d. heads, take them to court, SUE the S-- out of them and BURN up their funding! Hey, GIRLYS grow some BIG ones and SEE how fast then A.H. run when the LIGHT is turned on them!!
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