Brave New Films just launched a new film and campaign series against Campus Carry in response to the NRA’s push to arm women for self-defense on America’s college campuses.
The film company launched the series by announcing, “Robert Greenwald and Brave New Films are taking on the National Rifle Association (NRA) and gun companies in force.” They say their work against the NRA and other supporters of Campus Carry will last throughout the year and will be focused on “telling stories about how guns…affect the lives of every day Americans.”
It is clear from the announcement the stories will not include the 760,000 times annually in which citizens defend their lives and property via defensive gun uses.
Instead, Brave New Films will walk onto college campuses and talk with students about “guns on campus”–as they do in their first PSA against the NRA–or they will make claims similar to those made by Salon or Shannon Watts; namely, that passing Campus Carry laws “will make it easier for an assailant to bring a weapon on campus.”
This claim overlooks two things: First, sexual predators aren’t waiting for concealed carry laws to expand before they carry guns into new locales for new victims. Secondly, the only thing preventing students from being armed at this very moment are signs around campus that say “no guns allowed.” Criminals ignore these signs and carry guns where they please. So how are criminals given an advantage by removing the signs and allowing law-abiding citizens to carry as well?
In one part of the Brave New Films PSA, a student condemns Campus Carry by saying: “It will not bring any better results. It’s not a solution.” Ironically in the late 1980s–before the student opposed to Campus Carry was even born–people used the same arguments to condemn Florida’s decision to pass a “shall issue” concealed carry law. They warned that citizens carrying guns on their persons would turn the streets of Florida into the Wild West, that blood would run in the streets, that bullets would whiz through the air as irresponsible citizens fired haphazardly.
But what really happened? According to a 1994 study by Clayton Cramer and Dave Kopel, from “1975 to 1986,” Florida’s murder rate “was between 118 percent and 157 percent of the murder rate elsewhere in America.” Following the 1987 passage of concealed carry reform, the murder rate fell so quickly that, by 1991, Floridians were “less likely to be murdered than people elsewhere in America.”
Shouldn’t women on today’s campuses be afforded the same benefits Floridians derived from concealed carry?
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