Friday, February 1, 2008

ASCCC president Michael Fancher interview

Arizona Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (AZSCCC) president Michael Francher was recently interviewed about Senate Bill 1214, the Bill that would allow adults 21 or older who have gone through the process of obtaining an AZ CCW permit to conceal carry on school property.

His primary priority was to allow concealed carry on College Campus but I'm glad that the bill actually allows adults to carry on all school campuses, effectively eliminating the dangerous Gun Free Zones that currently exist in Arizona Schools. Below are pieces from the interview:

"Every major massacre-type shooting [in U.S. history] has occurred in gun-free zones," said Michael Fancher, a chemistry freshman and campus leader of the Arizona Students for Concealed Carry on Campus.

The massacre at Virginia Tech last April was the "straw that broke the camel's back" in bringing attention to the debate over campuses as gun-free zones, Fancher said.

"If one person had been carrying [a gun] that day, it would have evened the odds," he said.

Fancher and other members of the ASCCC met with state Sen. Karen Johnson, R-Mesa, a primary sponsor of the bill, when it was still being drafted to go over the wording . . .

Fancher said the Second Amendment gives students the essential right to defend themselves by carrying a weapon, even on campus.

"Gun-free zones are for law-abiding citizens," Fancher said. "The person who's going to carry a gun on campus to inflict harm on others doesn't care what the law is. What they know is: If it's a gun-free zone, nobody's going to shoot back."
There is a link at the bottom of the article to submit your opinion as a letter to the editor. I recommend sending one in as there will no doubt be those from the anti side as well. Feel free to also respond to this opinion piece by the same paper that is against the bill.

Update: AZSCCC is the Arizona group of the national organization Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) - you can find the AZSCCC group in facebook.

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