Students Plan Empty-Holster Protest

The Denver Post reports:

John Davis, a 30-year-old University of Colorado at Colorado Springs senior and a member of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, said students at CU-Colorado Springs and CU-Boulder will join a national demonstration April 22-25 in which students will wear empty gun holsters. Davis said the display symbolizes that students are “basically defenseless” at school.

The Colorado Springs Gazette editoralizes on the matter (via Paul Hsieh):

[S]tudents at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs want… university officials to lift a dangerous ban on guns that makes the campus vulnerable to suicidal mass murderers and other brands of psychotics that are known to prey on college students. …

A group of local students have formed the UCCS chapter of “Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.” … This is a matter of public safety and human lives. To a suicidal psycho, a classroom full of unarmed students is opportunity. It’s that simple. To forbid trained students from wearing their guns is to set a stage for murder. CU regents should change the policy, immediately, before the blood is on their hands.

Of course, I argue, first, that all educational facilities should be privately owned and funded, and second, that all private establishments have the right to independently set such policies as gun carrying. What would I do if I were running a private college? I would pay for any faculty member who wanted to participate to receive firearms training and acquire a concealed-carry permit and quality handgun. I would also allow qualified, trained students to carry concealed handguns on campus, but I would subject the practice to fairly rigorous rules.