BELLEVUE, WA â€“ The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms is taking issue with a crass remark by Peter Hamm, spokesman for the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, in which Hamm contended in a Fox News report that self-defense advocates have no business on college campuses.
Hammâ€™s remark, reported by Fox News on Wednesday, was, â€œYou donâ€™t like the fact that you canâ€™t have a gun on your college campus? Drop out of school.â€
CCRKBA Executive Director Mark A. Taff, himself a part-time college student, fired back, â€œFor a fairly bright, though philosophically misguided guy, Peter said a remarkably stupid thing and he ought to apologize to every college student who believes that their right of self-defense should not be nullified simply by stepping onto a college campus.â€
Taff said the Virginia Tech outrage might never have happened if that university had not adopted a campus gun ban, and actively lobbied against a proposed statute that would have allowed legally-licensed students and instructors to be armed. A shooting at Virginiaâ€™s Appalachian Law School a few years ago ended when the gunman was confronted by two armed students. A high school shooter in Pearl, Mississippi was taken down at gunpoint by a school administrator who ran to his private vehicle, retrieved a pistol and confronted the gunman.
â€œTo suggest that anyone who disagrees with his personal view about firearms and personal protection ought to voluntarily sacrifice their higher education makes Hamm seem like an elitist snob,â€ Taff observed. â€œThatâ€™s an insult to thousands of students, like myself, who are this week participating in the â€˜Empty Holster Protestâ€™ on college campuses across the country. Certainly Peter doesnâ€™t actually want students to be murdered, assaulted, robbed or raped, does he? Weâ€™d like to believe he is a better man than that.
â€œThe real issue here isnâ€™t what Hamm thinks, but the fact that under todayâ€™s laws and campus regulations, college and university students, teachers and staff are essentially living in victim disarmament zones,â€ Taff said. â€œThese are essentially risk-free environments for thugs and lunatics, and thatâ€™s outrageous. Instead of encouraging personal safety advocates to quit school, we ought to be encouraging them to stay and change these environments.â€