Conceal-Publish Worse Than Conceal-Carry

Seeing that Mizzou allegedly houses one of the more prestigious Journalism schools in the nation, you’d think that the student newspaper would be able to put together an editorial board that isn’t complete horse-squeeze.

The Editorial Board uses their twice-weekly column to consistently vent their ill-informed and highly inaccurate “concerns”. Editorials can only be effective if the Editorial Board is credible and accountable, of which, the Maneater’s staff is neither. They are however, full of themselves and hold their misinformed opinions in the highest regard.

Take last Friday’s editorial, Conceal, carry laws endanger students.

Missouri recently passed a bill to lower the age for concealed weapon carry in Missouri from 23 to 21 and permit concealed carry on college campuses. The age thing is somewhat irrelevant as an 18-year old can obtain a Maine permit which is valid in Missouri.

The concealed carry portion of the bill was tacked on in an amendment – likely so it would pass more easily…

If their point here is that somehow this makes it a less valid or even a bad idea, they’re wrong. Look up the term “genetic fallacy”.

Turning universities into potential battlegrounds by deputizing the students is not an effective measure against campus violence…

I have a problem with this because clearly, the Editorial Board is speaking on a subject on which they clearly have no knowledge. They equate having a permit to carry concealed weapon with “deputize”. A deputy, in the law enforcement sense is one charged with upholding the law, serving warrants and guarding prisoners, none of which apply to a student carrying a concealed weapon. If a student were to brandish his or her weapon in order to apprehend a graffiti artist, they would lose their weapon permit and most likely face jail time. Having a conceal-carry permit doesn’t magically make you a law enforcer, but rather grants you a better ability to what people are already entitled to do: defend yourself and others from a deadly threat. Look up the term “straw-man fallacy”.

We couldn’t imagine allowing people to carry and conceal weapons on campuses doing anything but harm…

That’s cool, but who cares about your imagination? First, you’re the Editorial Board of a liberal trash-rag student publication, secondly, no one knows who exactly you are. If you say “we”, especially when referring to your personal imagination, you should let people know who you are. Lastly, liberals are known to have little-to-no imagination when it comes to constructive advancement.

The fact that legislators are putting people who will be required to take an eight hour class with two hours of practiced shooting on the same level as officers who undergo 24 hours of training annually is appalling

Kind of a run-on from #2. MU Police officers are sworn with full powers of arrest provided to them by Missouri Revised Statutes. MU Police officers carry mace and a baton, they carry handcuffs and open display a weapon. They drive police interceptors, and are charged with intervention on even minor infractions. They wear a uniform and are Columbia Police Special Police Officers, Special Deputies of the Boone County Sheriff, and are Peace Officers commissioned by the Curators of the University of Missouri. They respond to calls for law enforcement and general service, take reports of criminal incidents, respond to fire and intrusion alarms, assist in medical emergencies and handle traffic accidents. They patrol not just the MU campus, but are the primary if not only law enforcement on MU dozens of remote facilities and farms, and they provide security at many university events. On exactly which of these things would a student with a concealed weapon be “on the same level”. (text in this paragraph from the MUPD website).

Some college campuses around the state don’t even have armed police officers…

So because some students are even more vulnerable than MU students, we don’t need more protection?

To make campus safer, the state should instead be making provisions to provide support for more support and resources for mental health care…

I agree we need more provisions for mental health care. But that wouldn’t have prevented the muggings that have taken place on campus this past year. Why can’t we have conceal-carry AND better mental health care?

This bill needs to be stopped, and we’re hoping that the Senate can exercise some restraint by not focusing on gathering votes…

Here, they make an unsupported assertion as to the motive of legislators. Most likely, it is completely untrue, and is another prime example of genetic fallacy.

A fact completely overlooked by the Editorial Board is that conceal-carry gun owners are documented to be the most responsible with their weapons. Someone who goes through hours of training to obtain their firearm is less likely to rampage a college campus than a punk or a thug that bought his or her gun through some black market dealer. When’s the last time you read a news story about a conceal-carry permit holder shooting up Virginia Tech or NIU?

The most likely outcome of this legislation would be the prevention or control of these types of tragedies.

Journalism used to be a field that interested me, and it’s situations like these that turned me off from it. The simple fact that these types of uneducated and improperly informed people can print whatever they want, regardless of inaccuracy and bias is appalling.

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Posted on April 14, 2009, in Politics, School and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

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    * In 1929, the Soviet Union established gun control. From 1929 to 1953, about 20 million dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. This doesn’t include the 30 million ‘Uncle Joe’ starved to death in the Ukraine.

    * In 1911, Turkey established gun control. From 1915 to 1917, 1.5 million Armenians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    * Germany established gun control in 1938 and from 1939 to 1945, leaving a populace unable to defend itself against the Gestapo and SS. Hundreds of thousands died as a result.

    * China established gun control in 1935. From 1948 to 1952, 20 million political dissidents, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    * Guatemala established gun control in 1964. From 1964 to 1981, 100,000 Mayan Indians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    * Uganda established gun control in 1970. From 1971 to 1979, 300,000 Christians, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated. The total dead are said to be 2-3 million

    * Cambodia established gun control in 1956. From 1975 to 1977, 1-2 million ‘educated’ people, unable to defend themselves, were rounded up and exterminated.

    * Defenseless people rounded up and exterminated in the 20th Century because of gun control: 56 million at a bare minimum.

    * Gun owners in Australia were forced by new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by their own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars. The first year results:

    Australia-wide, homicides went up 3.2 percent

    Australia-wide, assaults went up 8.6 percent

    Australia-wide, armed robberies went up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)

    In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not, and criminals still possess their guns.

    It will never happen here? I bet the Aussies said that too.

    While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady DECREASE in armed robbery with firearms, that changed drastically upward in the first year after gun confiscation…since criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.

    There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the ELDERLY. Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in successfully ridding Australian society of guns. The Australian experience and the other historical facts above prove it.

    You won’t see this data on the US evening news, or hear politicians disseminating this information.

    Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws adversely affect only the law-abiding citizens.

    Take note my fellow Americans, before it’s too late.

    The next time someone talks in favor of gun control, please remind him of this history lesson.

    With Guns………..We Are ‘Citizens’.
    Without Them……..We Are ‘Subjects’.

    During W.W.II the Japanese decided not to invade America because they knew most Americans were ARMED.

    Note: Admiral Yamamoto who crafted the attack on Pearl Harbor had attended Harvard University 1919-1921 & was Naval Attaché to the U. S. 1925-28. Most of our Navy was destroyed at Pearl Harbor and our Army had been deprived of funding and was ill prepared to defend the country.

    It was reported that when asked why Japan did not follow up the Pearl Harbor attack with an invasion of the U. S. Mainland, his reply was that he had lived in the U. S. and knew that almost all households had guns.

    If you value your freedom, Please spread this anti-gun control message to all your friends.

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