Here’s the background – Students for Concealed Carry, which is a nationwide group that is attempted to have the laws changed so college students that posses concealed carry permits can carry on their university grounds. Next week, they’re planning a week long “Empty Holster” protest, where their membership is going to wear empty holsters to all their school functions. Sounds like a decent enough idea, it’s subtle, and it doesn’t really scare whitey.
Unless you’re at the University of Florida, where the administration sent out the following email:
FROM: Dr. Patricia Telles-Irvin, Vice President for Student Affairs
RE: Protest Event Next Week
A national group known as Students for Concealed Carry On Campus, which
advocates allowing students and others to bring concealed weapons to
campus, plans an Empty Holster Protest all next week. Students who
participate in the event are being urged to wear an empty holster to
class in order to protest state laws and university policies that
prohibit firearms on campus.
Neither state law nor campus policies prohibit carrying an empty
holster, so anyone who participates in this event is within his or her
rights. However, if any faculty member or student feels genuinely
threatened (emphasis mine), they should feel free to call the University
Police Department. If you would, please pass this along to your
department chairs and faculty.
Genuinely threatened by what, Ms. Telles-Irvin? An empty holster? So…if someone sees an empty holster and feels scared because there could have been a firearm in that holster, they should call the university police because…the student with holster isn’t breaking any laws?
This is just about the greatest display of hoplophobia that I have ever seen – now you’re acting in fear of an object that carries a gun. This whole email is disconcerting on several levels. For example, I could assume that there are people who would feel threatened by the mere presence of a holster; a sad and disappointing statement. However, if I take the opposite tact and assume that no one would be threatened by an empty holster, than the Vice-Presidente’s email is implying that the Students for Concealed Carry are going to go around bullying people – an implication which I find foolish. It betrays a lack of knowledge of the types of people that get concealed carry licenses in this country, and is an insult to the student body at UF as well.
I support the Students for Concealed Carry – college students with carry permits are all old enough to join the military and be issued automatic weapons. I see no reason why they shouldn’t be trusted to carry their concealed firearms.