South Carolina Students Standing up for Gun Rights on Campus
They're doing something right at the University of South Carolina. I don't know that I've ever head of a campus protest quite like this before. From the Daily Gamecock:
Students have been wearing empty holsters on campus this week — and not because they misplaced their guns.
Rather, they are taking part in the Empty Holster Protest, a nationwide movement that encourages schools to allow students the right to carry concealed weapons on campus.
The protest was brought to USC by fourth-year criminal justice student Joshua Cohen and third-year criminal justice student Cody Armstrong and has gained most of its support through Facebook and word of mouth.
Cohen said the recent increase in violent crime shows that although there is a large police presence at USC, it may not enough to protect students.
The protest calls for students to wear empty holsters this week, which Cohen said symbolizes that students are currently unable to protect themselves.
The protest also calls on students to write their state lawmakers to encourage legislative changes that would allow concealed weapons on campuses.
"The laws as they stand right now only serve to benefit criminals," Armstrong said.