You probably know this already, but I am a huge fan of concealed carry. I believe it is safe, and even provides a benefit to those who choose not to carry. As soon as the news broadcasts that a new place allows citizens to be armed, everyone knows there may be a gun there, good guys and bad guys. But the Arizona Board of Regents would lead people to believe that allowing students 21 years of age and older, who have had the requisite background checks required of the concealed carry permit will lead to blood in the lecture halls. It simply is not true. Universities that do allow it have had no issues to date.
In the last few months around ASU a student was beaten with a baseball bat, a shooting occurred at a party in an apartment complex near campus, another student was beaten and left for dead in an elevator around campus, and Tempe Police shot a guy less than a quarter mile from the ASU campus. The man was shot because he lunged at them with a box cutter. It could have just as easily occurred on campus to a student. Because as anybody who goes to ASU can attest, people who are obviously severely mentally ill wander around campus all the time. It is not rare to witness a transient yelling at a young women because she is wearing too little clothing, just add box cutter and we have a problem.
The Board of Regents would also lead you to believe that they have thought about our safety and given us the protection we deserve. We have the ASU Police Department. Do I think that the presence of a police department is justification for removing the basic right of self protection, no, but its a start. At least I thought until I found this gem online.
The following is an excerpt from a job posting site. Apparently the ASU Police Department is a frequent topic there. And that's when things got concerning.
Straight from an ASU PD employees post on a job site.
"One other thing I forgot to touch on...yes, all departments DO have their issues (no one is debating that fact here). But I cannot think of any, off the top of my head, that are so blatantly corrupt and mismanaged.
The amount of $$ the PD waste is absolutely mind-boggling; from a department that boasts a 70% FAILURE RATE FOR FTO (after spending the money to pay for an academy, uniform, salary, etc), to one that wastes money on ludicrous "specialty assignments" (really? ANOTHER new K9 vehicle!), take home vehicles for command staff, and a complete revamp of the uniform and badge. On top of that, ASUPD has the LOWEST paid officers in the Valley and the highest paid Chief. That is absolutely unacceptable.
Furthermore, because of staffing, the campus is ridiculously understaffed, and quite frankly, not prepared for any MAJOR crime on campus (like an active shooter). I am not even going to go into detail on the vast amount of public record tampering that transpires there too, because there's not enough space to detail it all.
I hope parents and the public at large find out how much money ASUPD wastes and how unsafe it is, because then maybe some significant change will happen there."
Yep, feel much safer now! Not prepared for an active shooter. Just to clarify, an active shooter the professional term for an unbalanced, cowardly asshole who takes a firearm and or explosives to a school, mall, movie theater, or place of employment and shoots every person they come across. Essentially every college campus shooting that has every occurred. Can we trust the Arizona State University, the Arizona Board of Regents, and Arizona State University Police Department to protect students. Or here is the better question, should I have to give up the ability to protect myself because I step foot on a college campus? I would love to hear some feedback from ASU or the ABOR that is honest and not in the form of a press release with the latest committee approved buzz words.
Don't you feel safe now! At least let me protect myself. Thanks to ABOR for denying me the basic right of self preservation while simultaneously continuing to fund a dysfunctional police department.