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University of Toledo Government Association infringes on students’ Second Amendment rights

The University of Toledo (UT) Government Association in Toledo, Ohio, put the cap on allowing concealed firearms on campus before the students could even formally state their pro or con argument.

The Government Association held a “secret vote” Feb. 5 to veto the right to bear concealed weapons on campus, even though 54 percent of the 5,000 students polled approved the measure.

The UT College Republicans organization was up in arms, per se, about the Government Association’s rash decision.

“When the results of the [campus] survey showed that the students were on the side of freedom and supported concealed carry on campus,” UT College Republicans chairman Patrick Richardson said, “the student senate decided to ignore their own survey and vote down the resolution.”

Carrying a weapon on college campuses in Ohio is illegal, even if individuals have a conceal-carry weapon permit, according to the Toledo Free Press.

Many UT College Republicans walked around campus February 4-7 with empty gun holsters handing out literature about the gun control issues, the Toledo Free Press also reported.

“There’s a lot of the student body who doesn’t know much about the issue,” Scott Mazzola, president of the UT College Republicans said, according to the Toledo Free Press. “We want to get them to think, do the research, get them to see that guns can keep you safer when they’re in the hands of someone who knows how to use them.”

Sam Bain, State Chairman of Ohio College Republicans, sees this discrimination at UT as an opportunity to discuss the current negotiations within the federal government, as well.

“The Student Government… at UT seems to be following the lead of Congress by turning a blind eye to the will of the people,” Bain said, according to Breitbart. “They may have succeeded [in their goal], but… at the cost of sacrificing the safety of the entire student body.”

President Barack Obama did not specifically mention concealed weapons and violence on college campuses during the State of the Union Tuesday night, but he did give a clear direction that he doesn’t want guns near our children.

“Overwhelming majorities of Americans — Americans who believe in the Second Amendment — have come together around commonsense reform, like background checks that will make it harder for criminals to get their hands on a gun,” he said. “If you [in Congress] want to vote no, that’s your choice. But these proposals deserve a vote, because in the two months since Newtown, more than a thousand birthdays, graduations, anniversaries have been stolen from our lives by a bullet from a gun.”