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Gun bail fails to stop horror at Henry Ford

Horror struck the Henry Ford Community College today in the form of an apparent murder-suicide in which two students were killed by gunshot. This is a difficult time for all involved and to a much lesser degree even those watching, but the incident does bring up a question.

How could this happen, in an age in which enlightened institutions of higher education have prohibited dangerous firearms from campuses across the country?

Surely, the small college in Dearborn, Michigan must be behind the times, and simply not have a gun-ban policy in place? The “gun-nuts” in Michigan – and there a lot of them, relatively speaking – must have prevented this type of progress, and now two people are dead as result?

In fact, HFCC Student Policies and Procedures – Student Code of Conduct, Section II, Item 13, specifically prohibits “possession of firearms or dangerous weapons.” It also states that “a collegiate community should be free from intimidation, discrimination, and harassment, as well as safe from violence,” and contains other general prohibitions against disrupting a peaceful learning environment.

What are we to take from this? For one, it is painful proof, once again, that gun bans on college campuses don’t work. They don’t stop killers, many of whom probably acquired and possessed the weapons illegally in the first place. They DO take away the freedom of responsible students and other individuals to exercise their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

No, I’m not saying that had other students been carrying guns, the tragedy could have been avoided. That’s always possible, but we don’t know enough yet about the details to conclude any such thing.

Media reports are thin and shaky but there are a lot of them published already. Having skimmed about a dozen of them from the big sources, I have not seen any that mention HFCC’s gun ban.

Perhaps it’s not yet the time for that kind of reporting, but I wonder if we’ll hear that reported much at all over the weekend or early next week. It certainly bears keeping in mind, as we continue to debate the rationality of restricting individual rights on campuses across the nation.


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Obama sets his sights on Second Amendment

Did anyone seriously doubt that once elected, President Barack Obama would begin working to take away our rights as protected by the Second Amendment? ABC News reports that Attorney General Eric Holder has announced the administration will seek to outlaw semi-automatic firearms through the so-called “Assault Weapons Ban.”

Holder blamed rising violence along the Mexican border as one reason for the move. Will criminals and drug cartels  suddenly drop their weapons because of this new bill? Of course not. Will they stop buying weapons on the black market? Not a chance. But the law will probably prevent farmers, ranchers and other law-abiding Americans – like those on the border – from carrying such weapons for their own protection or enjoyment.

As some of you know, I am returning to school to earn a degree in political science. This semester I am taking American National Government at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park, Kansas. Several weeks ago, our instructor mocked gun shop owners, sportsman and other gun users and groups like the National Rifle Association, saying they were hyping Obama’s anti-gun intentions to scare people and push gun sales. This instructor laughed off the notion that Obama would go after guns. I pointed to his actual record on the issue, but I was lectured that he has more important things to do. The instructor was naive at best, intentionally misleading at worst.

Responding to the administration’s signal, NRA President Wayne LaPierre said “A semi-automatic is a quintessential self-defense firearm owned by American citizens in this country. I think it is clearly covered under Heller and it’s clearly, I think, protected by the Constitution.”

From a political standpoint, the silver lining here could be twofold:

1. Obama picks a fight with Second Amendment supporters, and loses, thereby wasting his political capitol.

2. Obama presses House leadership to bring this to a vote in the next two years, and forces Blue Dog Democrats and freshmen Dems from conservative-leaning districts to go on the record against guns rights, thereby harming their chances for re-election.

Said LaPierre, “I think there are a lot of Democrats on Capitol Hill cringing at Eric Holder’s comments right now.”

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