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Letter To The Editor: Campaign Etiquette

To the Editor:

My name is Matthew Hubbard, and I am a candidate for Senior Class President.  I recognize that statements have been issued publicly against me in regards to a misappropriation of student fees to fund my own campaign. While I have nothing acrimonious to say against either of my opponents, I wish to put those claims to rest.

It was stated in a Letter to the Editor last week that I was caught in the office making use of student activity funds to print and hang flyers for my campaign. This accusation was made in complete assumption and holds no fiber of truth.

On the Saturday prior to the publication of the accusations against me, a fellow senator and I met in the Student Government office before going out to hang publicity around campus.  The Senator mentioned brought previously printed posters, along with his own personal supplies, to the Student Government office. While we were discussing where to campaign and hang flyers, another one of my fellow Senators, and opponent in the campaign for Senior Class President, entered the office and took notice of the flyers that were sitting on the desk.

There was no point at which I was approached about the validity of the assumptions that were consequently made. I was not asked nor given any opportunity to set straight the facts of the assumptions. The alleged truths written against me were issued factitiously as part of one individual’s aggressive campaign.

I wish to make very clear; I will not run a negative campaign. I have nothing acrimonious to say of either of my opponents, but I will not tolerate libel against my name. My objective is simple: represent and honor the students of Central Connecticut State University.  I will continue to work diligently to make this year memorable for every student at this institution, and will continue to do so representing the highest forms of respect and professionalism.

 

– Matthew Hubbard, SGA Senator At-Large

Candidate for Senior Class President

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Letter To The Editor: Government Shutdown Harms Americans

To the Editor,

At 12:00 AM October 1st the Federal Government “shut down”. The federal Government’s fiscal year runs from October 1st to September 30th, and this year Congress could not agree on a budget, primarily due to the partisan divide on the issue of Obamacare. With no budget for the next fiscal year, federally run programs and jobs have been halted. House Republicans insist on passing any new spending bill that includes provisions to defund, derail or otherwise chip away at Obamacare. Senate Democrats are just as insistent that the spending bill will not.

As Congress continues to be stuck in a stalemate; the American People Suffer. Over 800,000 people are not going into work today, while millions of others are, and are not sure of whether or not they will get paid. Congress has agreed that the Military will get paid for their work along with other “essential” staff, including Congress themselves.

This argument has to end. The fact that Congress cannot agree and will not compromise is utterly unacceptable. To quote a former United States President, “A house divided against itself cannot stand”. Abraham Lincoln was correct; these childish antics have to stop. Regardless of whether or not Republicans in the House believe what they are fighting for is just, they simply cannot win this debate. This shut down is weakening our economy, our political system and our image as the greatest democracy in the world. I encourage Americans to write letters to their elected representatives and remind them that they were elected for a reason, that reason being to better America.

Austin Swan, SGA Commuter Senator.

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Letter To The Editor: Kaiser Bubble Incident Response

To Those Who Are Responsible for Kaiser Bubble Vandalism:

There were plenty of members of our CCSU community partaking in mischief on Halloween night. For the most part, it is all in good fun and no one gets hurt. However, Thursday morning’s heinous act of vandalism crossed the line in the sand. Destroying the Kaiser Bubble offsets the incredible amount of effort the administration at CCSU has been taking to get that annex back on-line for the students. And now you’ve set fire to your own living room. Hundreds, if not thousands of students have been patiently waiting to use the bubble for recreational sports, including many of the club sports teams we all love and are so proud of. That is an area that many of your friends and neighbors spend most of their free time in, and it cannot be replaced.

Well, colleagues, welcome to the world of being an adult. It’s time to take responsibility for your actions. This is going to be hard to make up for, but I suggest you start doing it. A monthly installment plan is a start, but it’s going to take a while to pay off the possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of damage. Additionally, there’s a social responsibility to be made up for here, and you owe a debt to our community.

I think you should meet all of the people whom you’ve affected. I would suggest spending some time with those affected by observing how hard they work for the privilege to participate in the activities that take place in that structure. How about running some laps with the Frisbee Club or Lacrosse Club? Maybe training on the mats with the Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Club or hitting the courts with the Tennis Club and the Volleyball Club would be more appropriate. All of these may help begin to show empathy or remorse, but most of them cannot happen now because a lot of what they do takes place in the Bubble.

This goes beyond our clubs sports teams, what about RECentral? One of the best student services available at this university provides a large portion of what they do in the winter in that bubble. Thousands of students can be affected if fitness classes, open recreation time, and recreational sports suffer. What about the students who work for RECentral? They may or may not have as much work, and thus money, available to them because of your error.

This demands more than a public apology, but you better at least start there. I’m sure the Club Sports Board would like to hear from you. Maybe you can ask their Chair, Brian Choplick, if he’d even allow you to attend one of their meetings after this so that you can apologize.

I am appalled by the news and, personally, I don’t even utilize the bubble all that often. I can’t imagine how those who do are going to take it. I think you owe it to the student body to explain why we should have you as friends, roommates, colleagues, or even classmates anymore. I believe in forgiveness, but forgiveness is not always easy to come by. Our community deserves better than this.

Awaiting your response,

Eric Bergenn
President – Student Government Association

Letter to the Editor: In Regards to ‘Locked Doors’

Dear Editor,

I’d like to respond to the Editorial about ‘Locked Doors’ over the Labor Day weekend on behalf of Student Center Operations and Central Reservations Office.  Thank you for the feedback!  We try hard to be open when the students need us to be open, balanced between that need and budget of course.  Just as wind blows in different directions, so does the opinion and need for us to be open.  Several years ago, we were open over Labor Day weekend, and with the exclusion of visitors to the Bookstore (which has always been open during the Labor Day Weekend) we had just 23 visitors over a 40 hour period of operation, and just two in the game room.  We are student and data driven, and so for the past two years we were closed based on this lack of users/visitors, and the cost of being open (student labor, custodial, other overhead costs) and students seemed not to miss us.  Staff, together with the Student Union Board of Governors will consider this next spring when we review hours for the next academic year’s hours of operation.  If your readers have other suggestions or comments, please direct them to our on-line feedback site…  Listen Up!

http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=5090

But I also want to share that we do try hard to be open and not leave students a ‘drift’.  We try very hard to be open normal hours, even when the University opens late or closes early due to snowy weather conditions.  We try never to cancel an entertaining event during these periods of bad weather, and do run the Breakers game room with all of its games, amusements and sports TV.  We also want you to know that lounges are always open, in case you need a break from that kiki roomie, or you would like to watch some television or just study a little in a different atmosphere from your apartment or dorm room.  Snack and beverage vending are available all over the building, and income from these particular machines goes back to students via SUBOG.  #winning

By the way, we TOTALLY agree that engaged students are successful students.  All the research suggests this, so tell your readers to check out our on-line calendars of events at http://today.ccsu.edu/ and sign up for e-mail reminders or RSS feeds for student fun and learning events, club meetings, sports, intramurals and more!  Follow us on Twitter too!  @CCSUToday !

PS  Great job on the first two issues.  Keep it up!

Wayne ‘Otis’ Mamed, MS., Director, CCSU Student Center Operations

Letter to the Editor: Farewell Walsh

Though I know I could tell him in person or write him a WhatsApp message to express how much appreciation I have for him as editor-in-chief of The Recorder and as a journalist in general, I know that The Recorder is his baby and this being his last issue, he will hold on to this issue for the rest of his life and cherish it, which means my gratitude will go unforgotten.

I began writing for The Recorder in spring 2009, the first semester that I was a matriculating student at CCSU. I knew the current editor-in-chief, Michael Walsh, as well as the sports editor at the time from my side job at the Hartford Wolfpack. Having familiar faces in the newsroom when I nervously attended my first couple of meetings was very nice, and I am grateful that I had that comfort zone when beginning to write for a newspaper, something I had never done before.

The next semester proved to be too busy for me to write much, but I began to write again in spring 2010 when Walsh was the managing editor. I had become more involved on campus that semester and began to write about the Student Government Association for the paper. I truly enjoyed this position and spoke to then editor-in-chief Melissa Traynor about the possibility of becoming news editor, in which she reacted positively. Of course, I decided to take my interest in the SGA in a different direction by running for commuter senator, thereby giving up any ethical rights to write news for The Recorder.

I endured jokes and criticism from The Recorder staff for being a “traitor” (by joining SGA) at every meeting I attended after, which I of course understand and am actually amused by. Walsh, however, remained postitive and let me write lifestyle stories that did not conflict with my senate position, which I was grateful for.

There were times I was angry at Walsh, such as the time he branded me as “unethical” for making a motion on the club I am president of, since the circumstances were not all printed. Or when I enjoyed writing lifestyles pieces and inquired about becoming the lifestyles editor and Walsh said no. I realized very quickly, however, that none of these were personal insults on his part. This just goes to show how ethical Walsh is as a journalist and how seriously he takes his position. He made no exceptions when it came to The Recorder, not even for a close friend.

The Recorder has been lucky to benefit from his journalism and leadership, the SGA has benefitted greatly from his persistence in getting writers to cover meetings and I personally have grown to respect student organizations on campus and journalism in general more as a direct result of knowing Michael Walsh. Being as Walsh once put it “a big ball of conflict of interest,” I would like to thank him for staying my friend while I wrote articles for his paper and he and other staff members wrote articles about my organizations, on some occasions about me directly.

More importantly, I would like to thank him for his dedication to The Recorder. I hope his wonderful work on the paper will continue to influence more students to become involved with the paper and in our campus community. I, as well as many others, will miss seeing ‘Michael Walsh, editor-in-chief,’ in our issues of The Recorder each Wednesday.

Ashley Foy
SGA Senator
German Club President

Letter to the Editor: Response to SGA Disinterest

Recently, a student posted an editorial on how the SGA is a sham. This just goes to the show the ignorance that this current student body has on the SGA. Students today feel that the SGA is just a popularity contest. They feel its just about faces on flyers, but it is much, much more than that.

The SGA makes student clubs and organizations run. SGA lends their support to these organizations, funding them, sponsoring activities on campus. The SGA handles tuition money, so students better start caring and getting involved.

If students feel its a sham, then do something about it! Run for an executive position, run for a senate spot and actually do something about it. It is easy to whine and complain, it’s even more difficult to actually go out and do something about it.

While some may disagree, SGA does play a factor in school policy and decision making. They do this through student spots on the faculty senate, which frequently go vacated and empty. This just goes to prove my point, it’s easy for students to complain and bicker about SGA, but it means absolutely nothing unless you actually try and change it.

The biggest problem with the student body is a lack of student involvement and student apathy. I have heard a number of excuses of why people cannot simply go online and vote for the SGA elections, saying “Oh, I’m too busy.” I’ve heard that plenty of times, only to see them surfing the net and going on Facebook hours of a day.

If you feel that the SGA just “takes our money and does whatever they want with it,” then, how about you actually do something about it?

– Matthew Kitson

Letter to the Editor: Reason for Lack of SGA Interest

Recently The Recorder ran an article about SGA senator Eric Bergenn, who finds it disappointing that nobody else is running for SGA president.

I’d like to say that it’s about time that nobody ran for the sham that is our student government. The SGA is a student club that has elections that determine what people got their name on as many posters as possible. The reason why nobody else ran for president is because the SGA does not represent the campus community and the students know that. SGA represents its own interests and that of the other clubs its members are involved in. Members of the SGA get paid for what they do and on top of that they all get to take expensive vacations that are labeled as “team building trips.”

I know that some clubs have their top positions paid, including The Recorder who pays its editors, but at least they are accomplishing something. All the SGA does is take our money and do whatever they want with it. Every person running for SGA president has said in the past that they want to change the campus community for the better and being a senior I have seen several presidents and not a single one has done anything to change the community at all.

I remember a few years ago when the state was increasing the tuition for school and The Recorder interviewed the three people running for president. Every one of them supported the tuition hike and one person, who happened to be the president of the college republicans, thought that they should raise tuition even more.

Eric Bergenn, you say that you will change the campus community, but why should I believe you? I do not see how you are going to be any different than every other SGA president we have had. Can I at least hope that you will not quit halfway through your term as our most recent president and vice president did?

If you want to create a better campus community how about you tell clubs that they need to do more in the campus community, like the CCSU hockey team who get $7000 dollars and ask for more money, but apparently can’t be bothered to advertise when they have games or even where they play home games.

The school administration has also shown that if you ever make a decision that they don’t like they will just overrule you and do whatever they think is best. President Miller has as much respect for you and the rest of the SGA as he does for this school, its faculty and us as students, which is absolutely none.

The SGA is out of touch, unprofessional and most of all a joke and until the SGA makes real changes then nobody is going to take you seriously. In the end though the joke is on us because you get to go on a free vacation and get paid to give money to the clubs you are in, while all we get is the bill.

Nicholas Menapace

Letter to the Editor: Gun-Free Zones, an Invitation for Tragedy

Editor,

Do you feel safe on campus?

Now I understand that we have New Britain cops stationed on our campus and they do a great job, but they cannot be everywhere, all the time. That would just be improbable.

Many of you do not know about the crimes, some of them violent, that occur on this campus. Often most rapes are not recorded as the victim does not want anybody to know what happened to them. Lately there has been an increase in ‘e-mail crime alerts’ on campus. To me, this shows an indicator that we are not safe from exterior threats. There is no magical gate that differentiates between college campuses and public land. Which begs the question of how do we protect ourselves? How can students, faculty and staff protect themselves from anybody that wants to do us harm?

As it stands today, the state of Connecticut allows citizens, who have a permit to carry a firearm, to carry their personal firearms in most areas (barring post offices, government buildings, public K-12 schools, etc) but Central and other schools have regulations that state that you cannot possess a firearm on their campus, marking it a “Gun-Free Zone”.

When I hear the term “Gun-Free Zone” I chuckle, because there really is no such thing. To clarify, a “Gun-Free Zone” is intended to bar any and all firearms from a specific location (with exceptions for the police). Basically it is a sign that says “Nobody here has a gun, we are all completely defenseless, come attack us.” It is an invitation. I firmly believe that “Gun-Free Zones” do not work.

Let us take a look back at shootings that have unfortunately occurred in the past (mall shootings, Virginia Tech, Columbine, etc). It obviously didn’t work then, so who is to say that it is ever going to? I am part of an organization called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC). We believe that allowing permit holders to be able to carry their firearms on campus will decrease the incidence of campus crime. It has been proven that more guns in the hands of law abiding citizens has a direct correlation to a decrease in crime (such as Utah State allowing campus carry, which resulted in the decrease of campus crime).

I am not advocating that every student be handed an M-9 when they register for classes. Rather, all I am asking for is that permit holders who already carry on a daily basis be allowed to continue carrying while attending classes. This is not going disrupt classes or even be noticeable, as it is concealed carry. Meaning that nobody else knows that you are carrying; it is not something that is seen. The permit holder will have their gun in a holster, safely away from the public eye.

What you may not know is that in Connecticut tw0 to 10 percent of the population carries, which means that when you go do your shopping at Stop & Shop or gas up your car at Shell there are people carrying their own personal firearms around you, and you don’t know it, nor does it affect you in any way or even put you at risk for that matter.

During the week of April 4 there will be students walking around with empty holsters visibly on their body to show that all we have to protect ourselves with is an empty holster. We cannot fill it with a means to protect our lives against deadly force. These participants will be involved in the National Empty Holster Protest.

This will be the third year that Central will be part of this nationwide event that is put on by SCCC. It is done through Central’s own Riflery and Marksmanship Club, which will be going into its fourth year in the fall.

For those of you who are interested in joining, we meet every Tuesday at 7 p.m. Check our Facebook club (Riflery and Marksmanship) or contact ccsurifleryandmarksmanship@gmail.com for more information.

Sara Adler
President of the CCSU Riflery and Marksmanship Club

Letter to the Editor: In Response to ‘The NRA on the CCSU Campus’

Dear Editor,

My Name is Jack Kelner and I am the PR representative for the CCSU Riflery and Marksmanship Club. I am writing this letter in opposition to the erroneous allegations and poorly founded argumentative statements lodged in a previous letter by Mr. Tim Mckee.

Our club has always been, first and foremost, a group with a primary goal of educating the general public on Second Amendment rights and gun safety. We have never hidden our support for the National Rifle Association or the Concealed Campus organization and we are proud to admit that all of our members are active in opposing superfluous or overzealous anti-firearm legislation.

Yes, we posit the argument that level headed law abiding citizens should have the right to carry a concealed firearm on campus, and to be honest, this concept is far from being ridiculous or frightening. Thousands of Connecticut residents are licensed to carry a firearm and every day they do just that. Whether you are visiting West Farms Mall, a supermarket or even a public park, chances are you are less than 100 meters away from someone who is carrying a concealed weapon. This does not mean that these activities are more dangerous because of the presence of a firearm though; rather they are made safer.

In order to obtain a carry permit in the state of Connecticut a stringent certification class and an in-depth background check are performed in order to evaluate mental state, criminal records and citizenship. The government of the state of Connecticut does not just hand out these licenses as Mr. Mckee would have everyone believe. The individuals who earn these licenses are sworn to protect the government and to uphold and obey the law and it is not an oath which any of us take lightly. We chose to take these courses, not for power, or to feel cool. We carry because we value our lives and the lives of those around us and we feel that it is our duty as American citizens to protect our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Mr. Mckee also attempted to bastardize the message that the NRA University was attempting to convey at last year’s seminar it seems. To clarify, the NRA U was detailing the difference between an assault rifle model of an AR-15 and the civilian legal variant which is approved by government law. Had he been listening to the presentation instead of feverishly taking notes on what scared him, he most likely also would know that the supposed “cop killer” bullets, as he called them, have a real world application that is vital for personal defense, and in no way is meant to be used against officers of the law. Full Metal Jacket (FMJ) bullets are what Mr. Mckee was slandering and though they can puncture body armor they are far more versatile in personal defense than Mr. Mckee would like to admit.

Allow me to offer a scenario:

Let us assume that you are a concealed carrier, driving home from work one evening and passing through Hartford. You come to a red light and a man approaches your car door with a gun drawn demanding your wallet. You feign reaching for your wallet and instead draw your weapon next to the door and fire twice through it. If you are carrying hollow point, then the man laughs and shoots through the window killing you. But if you have FMJ rounds then they pierce the car door, do not alter trajectory and strike center mass and you get to go home to your family.

Many concealed carry specialists advise carrying a combination of FMJ rounds and hollow points because situations often differ and being prepared is the best method of survival. While it is a sad fact that these bullets can be used by the wrong people to the wrong effect, it does not detract from the lives they save by doing what they are intended to do. If we are going to start taking things away from American citizens because they kill people in the wrong hands, then perhaps Mr. Mckee should start with motor vehicles, cigarettes and fried foods, seeing that they all seem to kill in the hands of men and women with impulse control issues.

Additionally, we are not in any fashion individuals hoping to promote some hidden agenda by a “specialist group.” The NRA is a single-issue organization whose goal is safety and education about Second Amendment rights. It is written in their charter for heaven’s sake. They are no different in their respectability and honesty than the NAACP or any First Amendment organization. The NRA is an organization that simply betters the community’s understanding of a basic right guaranteed by the United States constitution in order to further the average citizens’ interest and appreciation in the privileges their country grants them and to protect them from that right being taken away. Any persons who would attempt to tell you otherwise are either misinformed or have a hidden agenda all of their own, isn’t that right Mr. Mckee?

Since the very beginning of our club I must say that the Student Government Association has been more than fair with their allotments and evaluations of the clubs that come before them with budget requests. Though we could be far more active in the community and benefit the campus more if we had a greater allotment, we are appreciative of the SGA’s effort in making sure that every club gets enough money to operate and strive. Thus to Mr. Mckee’s statement that the SGA is “clueless,” and that we are a small group, I simply must object and protest his ignorance.

The SGA tried to distribute roughly $5,000 to every campus club as a base operating budget with no favoritism. Any additional money is either given due to necessity or due to a club showing promise or talent in promoting the school’s well being. We are by no means a small group either. We have upwards of 25 plus active members that participate in our weekly meetings and events and we have brought notoriety to our school through our participation in events both on and off campus. The members of the CCSU R&MC and I take particular offense to Mr. Mckee’s last statement as well.

“Who needs a clueless student government that wasted $5,000 a year of CCSU student fees on a handful of students obsessed with guns?”

Apart from being entirely ignorant to our accomplishments, Mr. Mckee has resorted to childish insults by mistaking enthusiasm and legitimate passion for a civil right with obsession. We are in no way obsessed with guns and to mistake us with fringe lunatics as so many often do is something that all would be remiss to do. We are simply passionate about this topic and just as any other citizen, we have a right to be passionate about something. This year we educated new members, CCSU students and the general public on gun safety and took a trip to the capitol of the United States which offered myriad of educational opportunities for us to partake of. If Mr. Mckee is positing that education and self-improvement is a waste, then I believe he may need to reevaluate his logic.

I believe the only topic that Mr. Mckee brings up that was not as flaccid in its logic as his other points was his comment about 30-round magazines. While I can understand that a 30-round magazine on something like a handgun is somewhat excessive, the state of Connecticut has discussed a bill that would limit all firearms to a 10-round magazine, which makes things more difficult on rifle owners. When one goes to the range to practice with a carry pistol, they generally have magazines that are between  seven and 18 rounds depending on the model that they carry. The dilemma here is that this law would force Connecticut residents to purchase aftermarket magazines that are poorly field tested at best, and then use them in life threatening situations. Additionally, a criminal is not going to be the one obeying a 10-round magazine law. Chances are your attacker(s) will be carrying as much firepower as they see fit and they won’t politely remove bullets from their magazine to make it a fair fight. I am not advocating that a 30-round magazine is anything that should ever be used outside the range, but to be perfectly honest, 10 rounds will only be good enough to safely defend you from three people at best and one person at worst.

The CCSU R&MC is, and always will be, an advocate of safety, responsibility and of the protection of our Second Amendment rights. Anyone who is interested in joining our club or participating in the upcoming NRA U events should feel free to contact us at ccsurifleryandmarksmanship@gmail.com or come to a weekly Tuesday meetings at 7 p.m.

Jack Kelner
Riflery and Marksmanship Club

Letter to the Editor: Response to ‘NRA on CCSU Campus’

Dear Editor,

I recently read Tim McKee’s letter to the editor about the NRA protests and his overall opinion regarding the Riflery and Marksmanship Club. While I disagree with his position I cannot help but see that his position is a very uneducated one.

I would like to start off by saying I am a new member of the marksmanship club. I was not at last year’s NRA event however I find it very hard to believe that their arguments were as vague as Tim makes them out to be. Allow me to respectfully enlighten Mr. McKee and other readers.

The AR15 is not an “assault rifle”. The state of Connecticut defines an assault riffle as “Any selective-fire firearm capable of fully automatic, semiautomatic or burst fire at the option of the user.” The AR15 is not capable of selective fire, it is only a semi-automatic rifle that can be used for sport or hunting. I personally use this rifle for sport shooting at sanctioned events held by the International Defensive Pistol Association. The vast majority of the people who own these guns use them at ranges for sporting. They are not out on the streets as the media claims.

As for the “cop killer” bullets, that is just plain ignorance. That is a term the media created to make their stories make more people get upset. Any bullet can be a “cop killer.” The issue is not the bullets. The issue is the bullets in the hands of hardened criminals who would use their guns against police. The vast majority of gun owners would not do such a thing. As tragic as the Arizona shooting was, you cannot blame the gun for what happened, just like you cannot blame the bus for killing that student at UConn. A gun does not have a mind of its own. The person holding the gun is the one who pulls the trigger and someone in the same state of mind as the Arizona shooter would walk right on a campus and do the same thing without any opposition.

Tim’s statement of “dangerous agenda advocating for more guns and looser laws that threaten our neighborhoods and campuses” particularly showed me the lack of research and understanding that the anti-gun community has. The NRA fights for the right of the U.S. citizen to freely possess a firearm whether it is for self-defense, hunting or sport. The people that the NRA fights for are not to people who you need to worry about posing a threat to neighborhoods and campuses.

The NRA and the people who support it fight for these laws because they actually follow them. The people who threaten the public are the criminals, who by definition break laws. Do you really think that a criminal would not bring a gun on a campus because there is a law saying he can’t? I don’t know what world you live in, but the one I live in has people doing things that they shouldn’t do every day. The no campus carry law didn’t stop the Virginia Tech shooting but there’s a very good chance that an armed student or faculty member could have. This leads me to my next point.

College carry is not as crazy as you might think. There are over 30 schools in 3 states that allow carrying a handgun on campus. In those schools the crime rate has dropped by about 30 percent while on campuses that do not allow carry, the crime rate has risen. I am by no means saying that everyone should be able to bring a gun on campus. But I believe that the people who have gone through the state process to get the permit to carry a handgun should be allowed to register with the school as a campus carry participant.

College shootings do happen and I personally would feel more secure knowing that I can defend myself and other classmates should an intruder come along. By not having campus carry, we are all a bunch of fish in a barrel to anyone who wants us. I know for a fact that if someone came in anyone’s classroom waving a gun that even the most anti-gun activist will wish there was someone there to protect them. And that is the hardest fact to make people understand. Most people cannot imagine the horror of being that helpless in a situation like that. I never want to feel that way. If allowed to carry in class and such a situation were to happen I would rather try to help and fail than sit helplessly watch someone open fire on classmates.

I feel my opinion letter is dragging on but that what happens when you feel passion for something. I just want to say that the opinion stated about the marksmanship club is false. They are not a bunch of gun nuts who try to make the world a more dangerous place.  The world is dangerous enough on its own. They are fighting for the right to defend themselves and others should they ever need to.

Brenden Zesk
CCSU student, Riflery and Marksmanship Club member