Living (as I do) in a "college town", it seems both appropriate and significant that college students are becoming more aware of certain significant facts:
- If you are disarmed in a kill zone, you are a statistic
- If you are armed in a kill zone, you are less likely to be (a statistic).
- Yielding to the demand of a "mass killer" is not a "friendly gesture"; it is volunteerism in a venue where a willing killer seeks victims
, in 2007, Republican presidential candidate Fred Thompson suggested the massacre might have been averted had other students been armed. The comment was met with national ridicule; even the NRA's Wayne LaPierre disavowed the idea. But for a small group of conservative college students, mostly in the South and West, it was a rallying cry. One of them, an undergrad at the University of North Texas, launched a Facebook group: Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, or SCCC (later shortened to SCC).
"... the massacre might have been averted had other students been armed. "
What a concept.
Someone besides me should have voted for Fred.
Sure, he is an oddball ... but what have we now?