Monday, September 26, 2011

Gustavus Featured in New Educational Video Series




Have you had enough of this freshman orientation controversy?  Then, ask Gustavus to "Release their Footage" and settle this once and for all.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Tragic Irony

          Can you spot the similarity that exists between these two statements?
  1. If we allow these MN Permit-to-Carry holders to have the same rights on campus that they have virtually everywhere else in the state, then I am going to be afraid that one of these carefully-screened, trained, and licensed classmates of mine with a record of responsible, lawful use of firearms might shoot me!

  2. Violent crime with a firearm will never happen at Gustavus (because we’re such a wonderful safe place), so it is crazy to think that there are students who would feel the need to have a gun to protect themselves on campus. 

     I couldn't find the similarity either.  After being momentarily puzzled I realized there simply is no similarity to spot -- they are entirely contradictory and completely dissimilar statements.

    The only similarity they have is that its usually the same person who says both of them.   ...How tragic.

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Andrew Rothman, GOCRA VP, to Introduce Larry Pratt

    Andrew Rothman, the Vice-President of Minnesota Gun Owners Civil Rights Alliance (GOCRA) will be at Gustavus Adolphus College at 7:30PM on Thursday, April 28th (tonight) to introduce Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America.  
    Pratt is speaking on the topic of campus carry and why allowing MN Permit-to-Carry holders to carry a firearm for personal protection on Gustavus Campus is a reasonable idea.
    Rothman is a long-time gun rights activist and the founder of the Minnesota Association of Defensive Firearm Instructors (MADFI).  He continues to serve as Executive Director of MADFI, which has become the second largest carry instructor organization in Minnesota.
    Rothman, an NRA-certified instructor in multiple disciplines, wrote MADFI's state-approved instructor curriculum.  He has personally trained and certified more than 80 instructors.  
    As a repeat guest speaker and shooting event coordinator with the U of MN College Republicans, Rothman shows commitment to ensuring another generation of Americans can enjoy and appreciate firearms.

    Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Guns Can Stop Rape


    Guns Can Stop Rape.

    There is scientific data which tells us that "when avoidance of rape has failed and one must choose between being raped and resisting, a woman's best option is to resist with a gun in her hands."

    Thankfully it is true that "only about 2 percent of defensive gun uses end with the user needing to pull the trigger; the overwhelming majority require only the credible threat of a gun to terminate the attack."

    Still, the Gustavus Department of Campus Safety claims to be established in order “to provide the safest environment possible in which education may be pursued."  But ironically -- and perversely -- one of its sections disallows women from even possessing, let alone using, what social science indicates is the most powerful rape-prevention tool.

    It is tragically self-evident that Gustavus is not able to provide a rape-free environment, yet it prohibits a female student from defending herself in the most effective way.

    I believe that individuals allowed to arm themselves for personal protection under state law should be allowed to do so under Gustavus regulation as well, and I would support the adoption of a revised weapons policy at Gustavus which would allow individuals with a state-recognized permit-to-carry to carry a concealed firearm for personal protection while on college property.  This is “campus carry,” and I think that campus carry is a legitimate women’s issue that we should be aware of.

    Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, is coming to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 PM to discuss the merits of allowing concealed carry on the Gustavus campus.

    The public program, to be held in Alumni Hall, is organized by "Gusties for Campus Carry," a group of students who advocate allowing Minnesota permit-to-carry holders to possess a firearm while on the Gustavus campus.  It is funded by the College Republicans.

    It would be wonderful if you attended this event.

    Would you please consider attending this event?  It will likely be a thought-provoking event whether you decide you agree with Pratt’s positions or not.

    Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Breaking News Update Regarding Campus Carry Speech with Larry Pratt.

    Mr. Pratt will deliver his speech at Gustavus on the same day that State Representative Tony Cornish is introducing an omnibus guns bill (HF1467) that will affirm and extend the state’s current permit-to-carry legislation.

    Larry Pratt is the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America and he has spent over 30 years of his life with this national membership organization of  300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear  arms.

    To schedule an interview with Mr. Pratt on Thursday, April 28th contact Phil Cleary at campusmajority(at)gac(dot)edu

    Monday, April 25, 2011

    Campus # 72: The Case for Making Gustavus a Concealed Carry School

    In Minnesota, trained, licensed, carefully-screened adults, age 21 and above, are allowed to carry handguns throughout most of the state.

    They are "Minnesota Permit-to-Carry" (MNPTC) holders.

    Permit-holders can carry at most parks, churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, office buildings, grocery stores, banks, and even the state Capitol.

    Gusties with an MNPTC can enjoy this measure of personal protection when they visit colleges like MSU or SCSU.

    Problematically, Gustavus' draconian weapons policy unjustly forces MNPTC holders on its campus to disarm; despite them being legally permitted to carry handguns virtually everywhere else.  

    Shouldn't individuals allowed to arm themselves for personal protection under state law should be allowed to do so under Gustavus regulation as well?

    71 college campuses in the U.S. currently allow trained, licensed, carefully-screened adults with a state-issued permit to carry a firearm for personal protection.  Under MN state law, Gustavus could become Campus # 72 to allow permit holders to carry for personal protection.

    Find out why Gustavus should at "Campus # 72:  The Case for Making Gustavus a Concealed Carry School" on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 PM in Alumni Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College. 

    Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, will provide the case for making Gustavus a concealed carry school for Minnesota Permit-to-Carry Holders.


    Details regarding the event can be found on the website for Gun Owners of America: http://gunowners.org/mn04132011.htm

    No negative impact for conceal carry statewide -- Holders are law-abiding, not dangerous.

    Look at this analysis by David Thul regarding MN Permit-to-Carry Holders:
    Back in 2003 when Minnesota became a shall issue state for handgun permits, the left raised a fearful cry about the state turning into the Wild West, shootouts in bars and churches, and in general a huge surge in gun violence.

    In 2004, the left hailed the completion of the light rail train in Minneapolis that would move people around the city without the need for pollution causing cars, start a trend towards Smart Growth in Minnesota and even thwart terrorism.

    The interesting truth of these two major changes in Minnesota is quite the opposite. Light rail has killed at least 2 1/2 times as many Minnesotans than conceal carry permit holders have.

    Since 2003 (and with a brief pause when the law was ruled unconstitutional and then modified and re-enacted), until the end of 2008, the Department of Public Safety has issued 56,919 carry permits that are still currently valid. In that same time frame, there have been two reported homicides that resulted in murder charges against a carry permit holder. In one of those cases, use of a pistol was confirmed, in the other case it is reported as unknown. For argument's sake, let's use 2 homicides that involved pistols by carry permit holders. But keep in mind, the DPS report only reports charges, not convictions. Both cases reported could have been justifiable homicides for all we know.
    So a maximum of two individuals in the entire state of Minnesota have used a firearm in a way that was possibly unlawful under our Permit-to-Carry laws.  That is fairly impressive, and shows that the claim that allowing permit-to-carry will make shootings more frequent is basically false.

    Thul continues,
    Since June of 2004, when the 'Jessie train' [light rail] started running until the end of 2008, there have been 5 reported fatalities. 1 was in a car that tried to go around the crossing gates, one was a bicyclist and 3 were pedestrians. The StarTribune has a interesting interactive map that shows the details, here. The 6th and 7th fatalities occurred just this month, as a car driver was hit and later died, and a pedestrian was hit and killed last week. But for comparison purposes, I won't count these latest two deaths since the DPS report is only current through the end of 2008.

    So, since Minnesota became a shall issue state and completed a light rail line at roughly the same time, 2 people have died by permit holders, although we can only be sure that one of them used a pistol, and those two permit holders are presumed innocent until proven to be guilty. But 5 people have died because of the light rail line, with 2 more just this year. And light rail only impacts a small corridor in Minneapolis, where conceal carry is available in every corner of the state.
    Apparently, handguns are safer than light rail. 

    And a state report confirms the fact that permit-holders are law-abiding, not dangerous, says the Mankato Free Press Editorial Department.
    A state report [2007] shows that those who were granted the privilege of carrying a concealed weapon only committed 174 crimes since the law’s inception in 2003. Only 23 involved a handgun.

    They represent only a tiny fraction of the 13 percent rise in violent crime since the conceal and carry law went into effect.

    Press reports highlight the fact that the new law didn’t turn Minnesota into the “Wild West.” But the statistics also show violent criminals are not deterred because 40,000 citizens might have a gun when those criminals attack.

    The state’s sheriffs, according to the report, say the law’s impact on public safety is negligible. “Except for one domestic assault, we’ve had no incidents either way,” Dakota County Sheriff Don Gudmundson told the Star Tribune.
    Not only do permit-holders not use their firearms for violent crime, they engage in virtually no crime at all.

    All of this affirms a plain and simple reality:  Permit holders are law-abiding, not dangerous, and there has been no negative impact for conceal carry statewide.

    So with the safe, law-abiding nature of legal permit holders in mind (people who are trained, licensed, and carefully-screened under the supervision of the state) one crucial question comes to mind.

    The question is this:  Why does Gustavus have a policy that unjustly forces these MNPTC holders on its campus to disarm; despite them being legally permitted to carry handguns virtually everywhere else?

    Gustavus wrongfully forces students to choose between the means to protect themselves and their education, or risking their good standing with the university.

    That is an immoral and unnecessary dilemma for Gustavus to force upon students.


    There is no reason why individuals allowed to arm themselves for personal protection under state law shouldn't be allowed to do so under Gustavus regulation as well. 

    71 campuses in the U.S. currently allow individuals with state permits to carry on their property.  None of these campuses have had a firearm related incident since adopting this common-sense policy. 

    While we can point to the horror stories related to the so-called "gun free zones" that have tragically taken place on many of the college campuses in America that force individuals to be defenseless in the face of danger, we cannot uncover evidence to corroborate the fear-mongering scenarios that anti-gunners postulate will occur if we dare respect the rights of permit holders to not be victimized by others.

    Clearly, there needs to be a real conversation about resolving this issue to allow the safe, law-abiding permit-holders their right to personal protection on the Gustavus campus. 

    Few people are more qualified to start that conversation than Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America (a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms) for over 30 years.

    Mr. Pratt is coming to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 PM to discuss the merits of allowing concealed carry on the Gustavus campus.

    The public program, to be held in Alumni Hall, is organized by "Gusties for Campus Carry," a group of students who advocate allowing Minnesota permit-to-carry holders to possess a firearm while on the Gustavus campus. It is funded by the Gustavus College Republicans.

    Make sure you attend the event featuring Larry Pratt this Thursday at 7:30 PM in Alumni Hall at Gustavus Adolphus College.

    Full details for the event can be found on the Gun Owners of America website.  You can also RSVP on Facebook, but no tickets are necessary and it is open to the public.

    Friday, April 8, 2011

    "Gun-Free Zone" Didn't Stop the Thug at UNC.

    This College campus was a so-called "gun-free zone" like Gustavus.  That didn't stop the thug.

    Worthless policies that disarm law-abiding students leave the innocent vulnerable while empowering criminals.






    Individuals allowed to arm themselves for personal protection under state law should be allowed to do so under campus regulations as well.

    Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Lindau Symposium Announces Dinesh D’Souza as New Speaker


    The Lindau Symposium will occur on Thursday, April 14 at 7 p.m. in Alumni Hall.

    Due to a recent health complication, Michael Novak is no longer able to present for this year’s Lindau Symposium.   

    Fortunately, Dinesh D’Souza has agreed to present an address entitled America: Why America is Loved, Why America is Hated.

    Dinesh D’Souza has a distinguished 25-year career as a writer, scholar, and public intellectual. A former policy analyst in the Reagan White House and current President of The King’s College in New York, D’Souza has been named one of America’s most influential conservative thinkers by the New York Times.   The World Affairs Council lists him as one of the nation’s 500 leading authorities on international issues, and Newsweek cited him as one of the country’s most prominent Asian Americans.  Starting early in his career D’Souza was considered one of the nation’s most articulate spokesmen for a reasoned and thoughtful conservatism.  He has published 10 books including the bestsellers Illiberal Education, The End of Racism, What’s So Great About America and The Enemy at Home.

    For more information go to <https://gustavus.edu/events/lindau/>.

    Tuesday, April 5, 2011

    Will Gustavus Reform its Weapon Policy to Authorize Self-Defense?

    Concealed Carry on Campus:  Larry Pratt to Speak at Gustavus Adolphus College

    For over 30 years Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, a national membership organization of 300,000 Americans dedicated to promoting their Second Amendment freedom to keep and bear arms.

    Larry Pratt, the Executive Director of Gun Owners of America, is coming to the Gustavus Adolphus College campus on Thursday, April 28th at 7:30 PM to discuss the merits of allowing concealed carry on the Gustavus campus.


    The public program, to be held in Alumni Hall, is organized by "Gusties for Campus Carry," a group of students who advocate allowing Minnesota permit-to-carry holders to possess a firearm while on the Gustavus campus. It is funded by the Gustavus College Republicans.

    The event chairman, Phil Cleary, says "individuals allowed to arm themselves for personal protection under state law should be allowed to do so under Gustavus regulation as well."

    According to Cleary, it is law-abiding students who are the victims of Gustavus policies that leave them defenseless against violent crime.

    "Gustavus wrongfully forces students to choose between the means to protect themselves and their education, or risking their good standing with the university. That is an immoral and unnecessary dilemma for Gustavus to force upon students. We need to have a real conversation about resolving this issue, and few people are more qualified to start that conversation than Larry Pratt."

    His group supports reforming Gustavus' weapons policy to allow state recognized permit-to-carry holders the same rights on campus that they have virtually everywhere else.

    "We hope bringing Pratt to campus will spark the administration’s interest in changing the weapon policy to allow for more reasonable measures of personal protection."

    You don't want to miss this memorable event. Please invite your friends, family, and classmates. There is no charge for admission, there is free visitor parking on-campus, and finding Gustavus is easy.






    Other event information available on CampusReform.Org.  You can RSVP on Facebook, but no tickets are necessary and it is open to the public.