The national gun debate turned to college campuses after a San Diego woman gave a speech to an activist gathering in Washington D.C. Tuesday criticizing her Ivy League college for not letting her carry a concealed weapon to protect herself from a longtime stalker.
Taylor Woolrich, a 20-year-old junior at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, said she asked university officials to make an exception to their campus gun ban because she feared an attack from 67-year-old Richard Bennett, who she said started stalking her when she was 16. . . .
“I deserve to feel safe and know that if something did happen that I’d have the ability to protect myself and those around me,” Woolrich said in a speech at a tri-annual conference presented by Students for Conceal Carry and the Crime Prevention Research Center. She was a part of a panel that included other stalking victims and a mother whose daughter was killed in the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007. . . .
John R. Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, said he has spoken with too many women who were made to feel like prisoners by stalkers. Outside of a personal, armed body guard, a firearm gives them the protection they need and deserve, he said.
“I personally believe if you can give them some control of their lives, this trauma will at least be lessened,” he said. “Living in a constant state of fear really does damage to them.”
Lott said having a gun is by far the safest course of action when confronted by a criminal, particularly for women. . . .
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