Empty Holster Protest

By: Lindsay Irvin Email
By: Lindsay Irvin Email

Some students at Western Kentucky University are wearing empty holsters to class, as part of a national collegiate protest.

The protest is in response to the shootings at Virginia Tech back in April.

There are about 500 students who signed up online to participate.

WKU student, Nathan Hayes, plans to work with the Kentucky Coalition to Carry Concealed to change state laws.

Currently, people on Western's campus cannot carry a concealed weapon.

Hayes acknowledges some students don't want that to change, but he thinks there's a difference between feeling safe and being safe.

"Knowing that there are firearms on campus may make people feel less safe. I, as an individual, I know that I'm safer with a firearm and I know that if something like Virginia Tech were to happen somewhere where concealed carry is allowed--there's at least that chance," Hayes said.

The Empty Holster Protest will go through Friday, Oct. 27.

For more information on the issue of concealed carry, click here.

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  • by Kevin Location: Independence on Oct 23, 2007 at 07:23 AM
    As an alumnus of Western, funding should be cut to any University that denies the right to self defense with a firearm, especially if they have a concealed carry permit. It should be a legislative decision in Frankfort, and take it out of Western's hands entirely, since they ignore the second amendment to the Bill of Rights.
  • by Karl Location: Chicago on Oct 23, 2007 at 05:07 AM
    Good for these students. It's not ironic that firearm bans affect good people and don't affect bad people...it's simply common sense and the best argument against gun control. Gun bans, "gun free" zones, etc....this is just more of the same failed policies. What IS ironic is that to gun banners, failed gun control policy is the proof that we need more gun control policy. It's time for change, time to empower the good instead of the bad. It's time for licensed carry on school property.
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