By David Codrea.
“Quincy College’s governing board will consider a policy that would ban everyone other than police officers from carrying a gun on campus, regardless of whether they have a permit,” The Patriot Ledger reports.
According to College President Peter Tsaffaras, they’ve “received anecdotal evidence sometimes that we have students who are coming to school armed.”
And while he admits “they’re not hostile or threatening,” he says Quincy needs a policy “to deal with it.” But it will be a policy without teeth, as campus security guards don’t carry guns.
Having everyone but predators unarmed is how these “educators” define “safety”?
Here’s the thing: Quincy is a junior college, meaning most of its student body is presumably under 21, that is, below the legal age to qualify for a permit in Massachusetts anyway. And to legally obtain a firearm?
NRA describes the process as “complex,” explaining “Depending on the class, a firearm identification card (FID or ‘card’), class A license or class B license is required to possess, purchase, or carry a firearm… One’s home or place of business is not exempt from the FID or class A or B license requirements.”
As for carrying concealed, USA Carry gives details on its website to apply for the “may issue” license (meaning authorities may decide not to). Among the requirements:
A NICS (background) check; 40 days to process; a $100 fee; an approved training course; a completed (and exhaustively intrusive) application (signed under penalty of perjury); copies of driver license or ID card and birth certificate or passport; two passport photos; two fingerprint cards; proof of residency; an official report listing your arrest record…
Do President Tsaffaras and his governing board really think anyone inclined to bring a gun on their campus for evil purposes will have gone through any of these steps?
And hold on, we’re not done—along with all this comes the subjective part: “You will be required to justify your request in writing. Make your request as detailed and specific as possible. Valid reasons for requesting a concealed handgun include personal threats, being in a high-risk profession or routinely carrying large amounts of cash.”
And “invalid reasons”? Let’s just say quoting “shall not be infringed” probably won’t get you very far—despite the Commonwealth’s Firearms Record Bureau form sporting the Massachusetts Coat of Arms “adopted by the revolutionary provincial congress of Massachusetts in 1775,” per Flags of the World, replete with a bow and arrow-armed Squanto, an arm holding a sword, and the motto “Ense petit placidam sub libertate quietem” (“By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”).
Also irrelevant for concealed carry justification because it does not articulate a “personal” threat: The dangerous level of violent crime in the surrounding Quincy area, where those disarmed by college policy must traverse on their way to and from campus. NeighborhoodScout.com rates Quincy “31” on a scale of 100 for safety, and projects the “chances of becoming a victim” at “1 in 260.”
The birthplace of John Adams and John Hancock sure has changed.