Monday, April 16, 2007

Terror On Campus

My heart goes out to the families of the Virgina Tech murder victims. They should be in our prayers as we examine the events of the day and thank God that it did not happen in our community. But it could.

Here in NYS it is against the law to carry a weapon onto a campus. I remember back in the late 60's when I lived on campus that all of a sudden students had to leave their shotguns at the security office for deer season. Before then, 18 and 19 year old kids kept their shotguns right in the dorms. And no one got shot. No one was even threatened with a firearm.

I believe this happened in 1968 when the old Penal Code was revised into the new NYS Penal Law. Under Penal Law Article 256.01 it became a misdemeanor:

Criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree. A person is guilty of criminal possession of a weapon in the fourth degree when: [...] (3) He knowingly has in his possession a rifle, shotgun or firearm in or upon a building or grounds, used for educational purposes, of any school, college or university, except the forestry lands, wherever located, owned and maintained by the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, without the written authorization of such educational institution;

This means that even if you are a licensed gun owner with a legal handgun, you can be arrested and prosecuted for carrying your weapon into any educational facility in the State. And you'll probably lose your license also. This just sets the stage for another Virgina Tech here in New York.

When will these idiot liberals learn that the firearm is not the problem??

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