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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

NYT Campus Carry Op-Ed Ignores Important

In a hand-wringing op-ed posted to its website on Monday, The New York Times editorial board lamented that two more states have passed campus-carry laws.

“Police and university officials, who had strongly opposed the law as dangerous, now are burdened with making it work in the face of all manner of unanswered questions,” the writers whined. Yet the editorial completely ignored two critical points.

First, campus carry doesn’t “arm” anyone. It merely lets an individual who is already licensed to carry a firearm for self-defense in a particular state to continue to do so when he or she crosses an invisible boundary onto a college campus. Equally important, the nine states that already had campus-carry laws on the books before this spring have had no murders on campus by carry permit holders.

So what’s the Times editorial board really up in arms about? Apparently, they simply hate freedom.