This feature appears in the September ‘17 issue of NRA America’s 1st Freedom, one of the official journals of the National Rifle Association.
We’re heading into my favorite time of year. I love the first crisp autumn nights after the long, humid Virginia summer. I love seeing college football and Major League Baseball playoffs on TV, setting up the tree stands for the upcoming deer season and watching anti-gun activists freak out over Campus Carry laws going into effect.
To be fair, the new laws in Kansas and Georgia went into effect in July, but it’s typically only when the fall semester begins that the brief protests and accompanying media attention take place. At UT-Austin in Texas last year, protests involving the creative display of sex toys led to a segment on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show.” After a year without any problems because of Campus Carry, anti-gun activists may find it harder to attract media attention.
Oh, who am I kidding? The media will always cover anti-gun protests, because most members of the media would like to be protesting, too. But facts are stubborn (if often underreported) things, and the fact is that a year after Campus Carry’s implementation in Texas, there haven’t been any issues. My guess is we’ll be saying the same thing about Georgia and Kansas a year from now.
Cam Edwards is the host of “Cam & Co.,” which airs live 2-5 p.m. EST on NRATV and midnight EST on SiriusXM Patriot 125. He lives with his family on a small farm near Farmville, Va. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram @camedwards.