The student government at Concord University recently sent an email to students with the subject line, in all caps, reading “EMERGENCY. GUNS ON CAMPUS,” urging students to go to Charleston, West Virginia for a protest against a campus carry bill, according to Campus Reform. The email said “please, please, please be there. We need you.”
Talk about desperate. And that subject line isn’t fear-mongering at all: “EMERGENCY. GUNS ON CAMPUS.” Please. Get. Upset. So One marketing professor told her students she would not be taking roll on the day of the protest, urging students to go, and another news release, sent to students through a university admin email, said that “Concord University students are joining college and university students from across the state for a rally against House Bill 2519, The Campus Self Defense Act.”
Now keep that word “against” in mind when you hear Concord University’s response to one of my student reporters over at Campus Reform. The school said that the student government “organized a trip to Charleston to speak to lawmakers in the hopes that their voice would be considered in the decision-making process….All students were invited, regardless of where they stood on this issue.”
Riiiiight. So anyone could come…to the rally explicitly against the campus carry bill. How about I go cheer on the Washington Redskins in the Dallas Cowboy section of the stadium. I’m sure that will turn out just lovely. And you only need to open Facebook dot com to see the school’s real opinion of the bill.
Concord University President Kendra Boggess made a comment there saying I cannot understand it…party politics, the gun lobbies controlling the conversation…it’s absolutely beyond my ability to comprehend. We have argued, we have pleaded, we have lobbied….I’ll be glad to try anything to keep guns off our campuses, but we haven’t been successful so far.”
That West Virginia student government, which presumably gets fees from Concord University students, funded transportation to that rally.