MSU Students: ‘Allow Us to Defend Ourselves and Carry on Campus’
Gun free zones are magnets for criminals who don’t care about laws and rules.
On Michigan State Campus, a stone called the Rock is frequently painted by students and used as a form of free expression. After an MSU shooter killed three people on Monday night and injured five others, the rock was painted with a green and white message, “Allow us to defend ourselves & carry on campus.”
MSU Rock painted with pro-gun message: 'Allow us to defend ourselves' https://t.co/aYidf2PGTh
— Kathryn Hemenway (@jackiesgirl) February 15, 2023
"Allow Us to Defend Ourselves and Carry On Campus" is the message now spray-painted across 'The Rock' at MSU, with the paint appearing around 24 hours after a message asking "How Many More?" was painted on.
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Gun free zones are breeding grounds for senseless violence. Allow people to exercise their 2A and protect themselves! #MSU Rock painted with ‘Allow us to defend ourselves’ message — and gone within hours https://t.co/ZDvypCA2PB via @freep
— JQ (@JQ_USA) February 15, 2023
The Rock was repainted for a third time (the first time, it said “How many more?)”:
The new message: “To those we lost / to those healing” followed by the first names of the students killed — Brian Fraser, a sophomore; Arielle Anderson, also a sophomore; and Alexandria Verner, a junior. The painting included three lit candles.
And then, before noon, it was painted over a third time. This time by a local artist who was using an “Always a Spartan” stencil and reportedly told a journalist tweeting a photo of him that the university sent him to do it to cover up the gun-rights message.
That message remained for Wednesday’s vigil.
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Now that the Wicked Witch of Lansing has a Democrat controlled house and senate she proposed a slew of gun control laws in her state of the state address.
More effective would be to abandon admissions quotas.
Shooter wasn’t a student.
Pro-gun student graffiti certainly represents a sea change.
“a local artist … reportedly told a journalist tweeting a photo of him that the university sent him to do it to cover up the gun-rights message.”
Oh, that sort of thing shouldn’t be allowed to stand. Not at all.
Yeah, they are for all the student free expression they approve of.
How about a very simple change? Where a public or private entity invokes their ability to preclude effective means of self defense by creating a ‘gun free zone’ they simultaneously create an affirmative duty to protect those within the zone. They become liable for for failure in a very clear cut civil suit. Zone created + death, injury, loss or harm occur = liability.
Once upon a time, I had one of those “custom return address labels” companies make up clear plastic labels that said, “This establishment assumes full responsibility for the health and safety of customers disarmed by this policy.” When I went into malls and other places with “gun-free zones” signs, I would stick one of these on the bottom of the sign. They never stayed on long, but I had a box of, like, 1,000.
And here I was, disparaging that all the students at universities were all progressively indoctrinated snowflakes. I guess we’re not totally lost, yet.
The reasoning goes something like this: the shooter wasn’t allowed to have a gun, so why should students be allowed to carry guns?
Do they realize that they are asking for agency for themselves?
Were they subjected to actual education, they might get from this to grappling with their own being in the world.
This is why I’m annoyed by Florida’s Constitutional Carry bill. I would much rather the legislature spend its time taking a machete to Florida’s oversized prohibited places list than work on open carry or con carry.
“Allow Us to Defend Ourselves and Carry on Campus “
It’s like the problem isn’t what they’re allowed or not to carry, but that “Defend Ourselves” and “Carry” are things to be allowed.