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Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence
PO Box 92
Portland, Maine 04112

For Immediate Release
June 11, 2007

Contact: William S. Harwood
(207)-774-4000

Poll Shows Strong Support For A Law Prohibiting Guns on College Campuses

A recent statewide poll shows overwhelming support for legislation prohibiting firearms on college campuses. According to the Pan Atlantic SMS Group Spring 2007 Quarterly Omnibus Poll more than 75% of Maine citizens want the Legislature to ban guns at Maine colleges and universities.

William Harwood, a Board Member of Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence, welcomed the poll results. "In the wake of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the citizens of Maine recognize that stopping students from bringing guns onto campus is critical to protecting the safety of our children attending college in Maine. Unfortunately, while the voters overwhelming support a prohibition, the Legislature has sided with the National Rifle Association (NRA) on this issue and failed to act."

Mr. Harwood concluded by calling on the Maine Legislature to enact legislation prohibiting guns on college campuses before it adjourns in a few weeks. "The time to act is now - before we have a Virginia Tech tragedy in Maine. The safety of our children attending college is far too important to allow the politics of gun control to stop this common sense legislation."

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Quite frankly, I don't believe much of what these people say. I think we should call on the legislature to do exactly the opposite and allow people who hold a concealed permit to carry on campus.

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[quote]. . . . The safety of our children attending college . . . .

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Children attending college??

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. . . the politics of gun control . . .[/quote]

At least he admits this is all politics.

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Did someone tell that dipstick that VT had a policy banning guns on campus?

I hope any leftie reporters that jump on this made-up story include that salient fact.

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Any campus with a "no guns" rule is simply a free fire zone for those who bring a gun along with a dastardly intent. Some folks have no sense - "no gun zone" proponents have no sense.

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[quote]Maine Citizens Against Handgun Violence...stopping students from bringing guns onto campus is critical to protecting the safety of our children attending college in Maine.[/quote]
And how does attorney [url=http://www.verrilldana.com/AttorneyView.aspx?Id=54]William S. Harwood[/url] propose to protect "children" (18-24 years old)?

[quote]Mr. Harwood concluded by calling on the Maine Legislature to enact legislation prohibiting guns on college campuses.[/quote]
Just like VA tech did!!!!

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He doesn't want any students to have guns. But it will still be OK for the bad guys to have em just like in virginia.

These idiots don't understand that "bad guys" are just that because they don't abide by laws.

Murder and assault is already illegal and has been forever. Doesn't that stop violence?

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And according to my brother, the South Carolina Legistators are concidering allowing concealed weapons on campus after the Va. Tech shooting.

Part of the e-mail sent: to stay within the 75 word rule.

To prevent school shootings, some South Carolina legislators want more guns on campuses.

A House subcommittee approved a measure Wednesday that would allow concealed weapon permit holders to carry guns onto public school campuses, from elementary schools to universities. Supporters say having trained and armed gun owners in schools could prevent massacres like the April 16 shootings at Virginia Tech, where one armed student killed 32 people.

"We're not talking about kids. We're talking about responsible adults," said Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan, who sponsored the bill.
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"We're going to see what the final form of a bill like that would be," Sanford said.

To obtain a concealed weapon permit in South Carolina, a resident must be at least 21, undergo at least eight hours of handgun training, and pass criminal and mental background checks.

Robert Butler, vice president of GrassRoots GunRights SC, said school shooters know they will not immediately face anyone who can shoot back.

"Laws banning guns do not stop mass murderers," he said. "Bad guys still bring guns to campus because bad guys don't obey the law."

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"Good Government" nitwits think you can legislate every aspect of behavior.

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Did anyone here get contacted for this poll?

Or is this one of those polls conducted in their own orifice?

Edward M. Libby
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Er, I meant office.

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Well, I am pro gun, but if this age group handles guns like they handle vehicles, especially with alcohol involved, I can see both sides of this argument.
That said, why are ther so many more instances of school shootings than there used to be, (almost non-existent)
Our society is crumbling, I think.

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Why assume we're only talking about students? Why couldn't qualified professors or other employees of the college carry. There is a vetting process that has to be met in order to get a Concealed Carry Permit. If you pass that vetting process then you should be able to carry anywhere. To further restrict would be a violation of 2nd Amendment rights I believe. Will somebody just save us from these damn liberals! :evil:

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TomO. not to pick on you, but the line of thinking that extends known bad behavior to all in a group (rednecks, college kids, etc etc) is called in psychological terms [i]projection[/i].

We should be aware of our tendency to do so and temper our thinking and our arguments accordingly. After careful thinking, I can say that even though there was a lot of overboard drinking at You-Em-Zero in the 70s' & 80's, it was still a relatively small percentage of people at any one time, and not the same ones every time.

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Yeah; Me Neither...

[quote="Edward M. Libby"]Er, I meant office.[/quote]

I kinda think they might have pulled those bogus "statistics" out of some orifice or another, frankly.

So they never "polled" you?
That's funny; they never called me, either.

I wonder which liberal Newspaper, TV studio or Greenpeace conference they selectively "Polled"?

But then again, we know better than to suppose that they'll ever give it up, don't we?

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After stepping around a marked police patrol car parked at the front door, a man walked into H&J Leather & Firearms intent on robbing the store.
The shop was full of customers and a uniformed officer was standing at the counter. Upon seeing the officer, the would-be robber announced a hold-up, and fired a few wild shots from a target pistol.
The officer and a clerk promptly returned fire, and several customers also drew their guns and fired. The robber was pronounced dead at the scene by Paramedics. Crime scene investigators located 47 expended cartridge cases in the shop.
The subsequent autopsy revealed 23 gunshot wounds. Ballistics identified rounds from 7 different weapons. No one else was hurt.

The above was sent to me as one of those nameless E-mails on stupidity.

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Did they poll the students?

I bet you might get a different answer...

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VIN SUPRYNOWICZ: Gun Ban "Virginia Tech"!

..."In fact, it would be harder to dream up a tragedy better designed than Virginia Tech -- where gun-grabbers are disappointed the killer used only a couple of pocket pistols, instead of a big ugly "assault rifle" -- to demonstrate the folly of "gun control"....

..." But we won't be looking at that pattern, will we? Instead, America's hoplophobe press will follow Mr. Horwitz's lead and concentrate on "where he got his guns" -- which makes about as much sense as investigating the latest Baghdad truck bombing by asking, "Where on earth did that suicidal militant get his Toyota?" Why don't they explain to us, just this once, why these chemically warped fruitcakes never attack police stations or Army bases? Could it be because, even in their madness, they know the armed people there might shoot back?"....

Mr Suprynowicz is once again right on the mark. Gun bans are based on "feel good" ideas. It is impossible to make a reasoned logical argument defending them. On the contrary there are plenty of reasoned, logical arguments in defense of firearms as guarantees of personal safety.

[url=http://www.lvrj.com/opinion/7139871.html]Vin Suprynowicz[[/url]

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Utah is the only State that allows concealed weapons on campus. Has anyone heard of gun related problems there?

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Considering the high gun ownership level in Maine this poll seems rather off. I am sure they skewed so it comes out in their favour. Not that its that hard with a poll.

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I can see both sides.

Why would anyone need a gun on a campus?

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Can you say Virginia Tech?

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[quote="charlotte"]I can see both sides.

Why would anyone need a gun on a campus?[/quote]

...."Four years ago at Appalachian Law School in Grundy, Va., a man who had killed the dean, a professor and a student was subdued by two students who ran to their cars and grabbed their guns. In 1997 an assistant principal at a public high school in Pearl, Miss., likewise retrieved a handgun from his car and used it to apprehend a student who had killed three people" -- armed citizens in each case almost certainly sparing further lives"....

The above is reason enough for me.

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[quote="jjcorr"]Why assume we're only talking about students? Why couldn't qualified professors or other employees of the college carry. [/quote]
If they let some of the campus-cop-clowns carry guns, they should allow other employees to carry.

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Ooh, FX, now the cat's out of the bag!

When we speak of qualifications, we should speak about what qualifications it takes to make a law officer.

I'm potentially treading on sacred ground here, but if we are talking about judging the intelligence and aptitude of citizens with respect to being "allowed" to bear arms, we must tread here.

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So let certain security employee's carry. I just think college kids and guns are a bad mix.

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And thusly, since someone "thinks" it is a bad mix, we should suspend their 2nd amendment right as an adult citizen of the US. Ok, now I get it, rights are only extended to those who are deemed worthy enough by those with decision making authority.

So, it should be ok to [b]discriminate[/b] against another person because he/she is a college student?

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[quote="charlotte"]I can see both sides.

Why would anyone need a gun on a campus?[/quote]

[b]Need?[/b] We don't have a Bill of Needs; we have a Bill of [b]Rights[/b]. If, in order to exercise a [b]right[/b], I must first get permission from my government, in what liberal fantasy does that constitute a [b]right[/b]? We are talking about adults who've already allowed the government to investigate them, in order to determine if they're worthy of being trusted with firearms.
It's not up to me to justify my need for anything to my government; it's up to my government to justify their interest in the free exercise of my rights. How does it make sense to investigate someone, decide they're trustworthy enough to carry a concealed firearm, but not trustworthy enough to carry a firearm in a post office or a college campus. Can't a better argument be made that someone's either trustworthy or they're not?
I haven't [b]needed[/b] a jack in my car in over 20 years, but I still carry one. It's not because I want to use it either; it's because I may need it sometime. In spite of the easy availability of jacks and spare tires, I've never gone on a tire changing spree in my life. Carrying a gun does not automatically mean someone plans or hopes to use it.
There's two sides to this issue, but one of them is stupid, dangerous, and contrary to the concept of a free society.

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Beautiful!

If government is such a 'good thing" why doesn't government trust its citizens with firearms in buildings that we own?

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Somebody once asked me if I would shoot to kill.

I was surprised at the question. I answered, "I would shoot to live."

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Mike Travers, I LOVE YOU MAN!!!

I've never gone a tire changing spree either.

Point, set, match!

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