Stripped of their right 2nd Amendment right to personal protection, helpless students at the Florida State University library panic and wait for help
By Alan Jones
1776 Channel – November 20, 2014 – A book entitled The Founders’ Second Amendment : Origins of the Right to Bear Arms quietly sits on bookshelf on the fourth floor of Florida State University’s Strozier Library.
The author, Stephen Halbrook, received his Ph.D. in philosophy from Florida State University and J.D. from Georgetown Law Center. He has reached the pinnacle of the legal profession in America: arguing constitutional law before the United States Supreme Court.
When someone with a gun walked into Strozier Library this morning, presenting an imminent threat to the lives of students studying at Mr. Halbrook’s alma mater, his book provided the philosophical and legal frameworks for the right of those students and library employees to defend themselves, but provided no physical defense.
A 448 page book, even one about the 2nd Amendment, is probably too small to fully protect someone from incoming rounds, but more critically, a book simply cannot return fire and neutralize a threat.
Panicked and helpless FSU students and library workers waited minute after minute for police officers. During a shooting, lives can end in seconds, and for defenseless citizens waiting for ‘authorities’, minutes can seem like hours.
Soon other students on campus would be instructed to “shelter in place” throughout the vast victim disarmament zones of the FSU campus.
Only a citizen, fully trained in the safe use and storage upon their person of a legal firearm, has a chance of saving their own lives and the lives of those around them when face-to-face with an armed criminal.
Had the gunman at the FSU library been more heavily armed, countless students could have been killed during the minutes it took for police to arrive.
FSU administrators were recently forced to allow students to store firearms in their vehicles, in the face of a recent state court ruling.
Once students and employees leave their vehicles, however, they are simply walking targets for criminals.
Even carrying across campus concealed within your backpack a checked-out copy of The Founders’ Second Amendment : Origins of the Right to Bear Arms can’t save your life.