Campus Carry

Students, Guns and Politics:

New legislation in Arizona, Texas, Florida, Nebraska, New Mexico and Oklahoma would legalize the “concealed carry” of weapons on college campuses, and many student governments in those states are mobilizing against the bills. Meanwhile, the few other campuses that already allow weapons are waiting to see whether this year marks a real shift in gun policy, or is just another short-lived reaction to a tragedy.

Knee-jerk reactions are rarely good in the long term. And knee-jerk reactions that restrict freedoms are, IMHO, practically indefensible. And critics who try to use Virginia Tech as an example of why concealed carry should be banned on college campuses are either clueless or lying, because concealed carry was banned on the VT campus at the time of the shootings.

Oklahoma Troopers Stop Ambulance

I posted on this story about an altercation between Oklahoma state troopers and an ambulance driver a couple of weeks back. Suddenly GunPundit is getting all sorts of hits from search engines on the topic. What happened to spark the sudden interest?

Click HERE to see the video.

UPDATE: Dasboard video from the trooper’s cruiser is now available.

23 State Attorneys General To Attorney General Holder: “No Semi-Auto Ban”

Via the NRA-ILA:

On June 11, the top law enforcement officials of nearly half the states signed a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, expressing their opposition to reinstatement of the federal ban on semi-automatic firearms.

“We share the Obama Administration’s commitment to reducing illegal drugs and violent crime within the United States. We also share your deep concern about drug cartel violence in Mexico. However, we do not believe that restricting law-abiding Americans’ access to certain semi-automatic firearms will resolve any of these problems,” the letter said.

The letter notes congressional opposition to bringing back the ban, and calls for increasing enforcement of existing laws.

We encourage NRA members to let these state officials know we appreciate them standing up to the incessant clamor for gun control that is currently coming from anti-gun groups and their media allies.

The 23 state Attorneys General, in alphabetical order, by state, are:
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The ambulance driver was obstructing a police officer?

EMT In Confrontation With Trooper Speaks Out

Oklahoma state cops pulled over an ambulance transporting a patient to the hospital:

“As my partner was pulling onto the shoulder, the cruiser came alongside our unit and gestured for my driver to pull over,” [EMT Maurice] White says. “When the officer came to a complete stop behind the ambulance, I noticed a woman in the front seat. Based on the officer’s erratic driving behavior, I thought that the woman in the front seat of the cruiser was in need of immediate medical attention; hence I exited the rear of the ambulance in order to assess the situation.”

White says the officer was in a rage when he approached them and yelled “get your a– back here! I am giving you a ticket for failure to yield.” White says he told the trooper they had a patient in the ambulance and that they were on their way to the hospital.

“He ignored my statement, became even more belligerent, and demanded my partner come to his patrol car so he could write him a ticket,” White says.

The whole incident was filmed with a cell phone:

Murdoc’s guess is that we’ll be seeing more “you can’t videotape the police” comments from certain corners.

I’m still a bit fuzzy on how this all started. It looks like the troopers must have been in pursuit of someone, but I don’t know who or what happened with the target while these guys were wasting time with the ambulance. I guess I hope that some other cars were still after the original target. (via Uncle)

UPDATE: Dasboard video from the trooper’s cruiser is now available.