Counterpoint: Licensed gunholders have right to protect selves, others

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    Some of us are living in denial, even in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre.

    Thankfully though, not everyone continues to live this way, as Texas Sens. Joe Driver and Jeff Wentworth are drafting legislation that would allow licensed students the privilege of carrying concealed firearms on campus, a measure that should have been passed a long time ago.

    Concealed Handgun License holders have the right to protect themselves, and it doesn’t make sense that a licensed handgun carrier, while a student or faculty member at a university, is denied this right in an atmosphere that has proven to be one of the most vulnerable.

    People who are granted a license to carry a concealed weapon are at least 21 years of age, and 21 is old enough to be considered a mature adult. They have the experience and the mentality to know the consequences of their actions, including those involving a firearm.

    That being said, I do believe there should be more in-depth training and background checks, as well as specialized testing and instruction relative to carrying in a university setting.

    The police are not omnipresent, and we have seen them arrive too late at the scene of these shootings to save the lives of the students who are trapped inside with a killer.

    The police are a mainly a reactionary force, and they are great at what they do. But there are not enough officers to be 100 percent proactive. It is citizens’ responsibility and obligation to protect themselves, and to stand up for others if the need arises.

    There are three types of people in the world. There are the sheep, who live in denial of any type of threat. There are the wolves, which prey on the sheep without any compassion or mercy. And then there are the sheepdogs, who recognize the threat and move to prepare for it.

    The wolves will attack where they anticipate the least opposition, like a shooter targeting a college campus where no one is armed.

    Gun control laws only affect law-abiding citizens, and more specifically, the sheepdog. Notebooks did not stop the massacre at Virginia Tech, but an armed defender amongst the students would have.

    Let people be who they are. A college campus is a vulnerable place; so let those of us who realize it be prepared to take the appropriate measures.