Students also benefit from the option to protect themselves. In the video available here, the male student describes how one of the burglars pointed a gun (what turned out to be a pellet gun) at point blank range right at the student’s head. From WESH.com in Orlando, Florida:
One of the residents answered the door and was forced to the ground at gunpoint as the men ransacked the apartment, investigators said.
“He grabbed me by the throat. He took me a little further into the living room and pushed me down and said, ‘Don’t move. Just stay down,'” UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said. “They didn’t realize my girlfriend was in her room and thank God she was in her room. I yelled, ‘Hey, grab the gun.'”
The second victim, Sable Nehme, ran to her bedroom, retrieved her gun and pointed it at the culprits, deputies said. . . .
Two quotes that do a good job of describing how
Intended victim Sable Nehme: “when he saw the gun, he turned right back around, darted out and both of them fled the apartment”
Intended victim UCF student Nour Skargee, 22, said : “If we didn’t have a gun, it would have been game over. They were bigger than me, bigger than both of us. We had no way of stopping them. The gun was the one thing that made them run.“
In related news, “Wyoming panel weighs bill to allow guns on school campuses,” thus possibly joining 11 other states that have similar laws. From the Associated Press:
Supporters say the bill going before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday would improve public safety. They say established gun-free zones such as school campuses can attract criminals intent on committing violence against people they assume will be unarmed.
Sponsor Rep. Allen Jaggi, a Lyman Republican, says allowing teachers to carry guns on school campuses has worked well in Utah for years. . . .