Your View: I have a right to self-defense

May. 05, 2013 @ 03:29 PM

House Bill 937 contains restaurant carry, campus gun storage and other common sense pro-gun legislation. It has been scheduled for a vote by the N.C. House twice. It is becoming clear that influence from UNC President Tom Ross and chancellors of the UNC system, including UNC-G Chancellor Linda Brady, is impeding a House vote on this legislation.
Ross was quoted on WRAL-TV as saying provisions in HB 937 would “increase the risk to public safety and hamper our ability to protect not only our students, staff and facility, but also campus visitors.”  Let’s look at the job he is doing protecting students, staff and facility.  Consider the Crime Report for 2011 by just one campus, UNC-Chapel Hill — 21 forcible sex offenses, 4 robberies, 4 aggravated assaults and 3 weapons charges.  Compare that with UNC-Charlotte — 4 forcible sex offenses, 7 robberies, 2 aggravated assaults and 8 weapons charges.
When considering the statistics released by the university as to how well they are performing the job of protecting citizens know this: In  April, federal investigators began a second investigation into allegations that the university under-reports crime statistics.  The first investigation focuses on allegations by students and an administrator that sexual crimes are under-reported and officials allowed a hostile environment for students reporting sexual assaults.
Ross has sent UNC officials to fight against citizens, who have successfully qualified for N.C. concealed carry permits, to be able to lock their weapons in their vehicles on university property.  If successful, he will have effectively denied thousands of citizens their right to an effective self-defense not just on campus but while traveling.
My right to self-defense should not be trampled on by the opinion of a state employee.
MICHAEL TELLEKAMP
High Point

 


YOUR VIEW POLLS

A bill in the N.C. Legislature would allow concealed carry permittees to keep handguns locked in their vehicles while in state and University of North Carolina system parking lots. Should this be allowed or should the firearms ban be continued? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to — http://www.hpe.com/opinion/x1592154939/Your-View-Poll-Firearms-on-campus — and post a comment online. Here is one response:
• Absolutely, Yes. Why take away our rights because of our location. Criminals will go where they feel safe.
• Why did they issue us CCW permits if we can’t be trusted with a gun? The present law is totally stupid. We have been trained, tested. Why can’t we carry?

Wheatmore High School officials wouldn’t allow senior Caitlin Tiller to have a photo with her 1-year-old son in the school yearbook, saying it would promote teen pregnancy. Did school officials overreact? Was the decision proper? What’s your view? In 30 words or less (no name, address required), email your thoughts to letterbox@hpe.com or go to — http://www.hpe.com/opinion/x1592155810/Your-View-Poll-Teen-moms-photo-with-baby — and post a comment online.