Shooting back could save lives

LETTER TO THE EDITOR

This letter appeared in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans, Louisiana) on 20 April 2007.

This item may be cited as M. R. Franks, Letter to the Editor:  Shooting back could save lives, The Times-Picayune, April 20, 2007, at Metro page 6.

Copyright 2007, M. R. Franks



Dear Editor:

The best way to avert a Virginia-style campus massacre in Louisiana is for the Legislature to repeal the "firearm-free zone" laws.  Such laws only arm criminals with the certain knowledge that their law-abiding victims will be unarmed.

Criminals don't obey "firearm-free zone" signs.  The police can't be everywhere and seldom arrive quickly enough when needed.

If only one student in one class at Norris Hall had been in legal possession of a concealed handgun, the tragedy might have been averted right after the first shots were fired.

I'm puzzled why some legislators and educators trust a Mr. Cho to obey a sign, but distrust the law-abiding citizens who have received the extensive training and subjected themselves to the exhaustive state police and FBI background checks necessary to qualify for a concealed handgun permit.

Citizens who hold permits may freely carry their concealed defensive firearm most places in the state - when shopping, going to the theater, dining out and otherwise going about their normal day.

The unfortunate events in Virginia suggest that defensive weapons are needed even more on college campuses than in the shopping malls and theaters and restaurants.

M. R. Franks
Professor of Law
Southern University
Baton Rouge


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