President Obama has made his emotional plea to the nation, asking Congress Monday night whether it cares more about "our children or an A grade from the gun lobby." Joe Biden and Eric Holder have plans to continue their push for "common-sense measures" at the White House Tuesday. The National Rifle Association has updated its faulty and expensive report on "school safety." And even Michael Bloomberg is going to start handing out grades for gun control. But as Washington runs to-and-fro, away from filibusters and toward a potential Senate vote on firearm legislation, student gun enthusiasts at actual schools from
university campuses across the country four colleges are taking matters into their own hands — or at least their empty holsters — by giving an A+ to more guns in the classroom.
Students for Concealed Carry's "Empty Holster Protest" is supposed to be a shocking — shocking! — week-long "movement," apparently "in support of decriminalizing self-defense on college campuses." After a recent court decision, it's now legal to carry a concealed weapon in every state in America, but not on college campuses in 22 states — including Florida, South Carolina, and Georgia, where tepid protests are being met with eye rolls and controversy this week. But some of the loudest voices among students who want to carry weapons on campus are in Pennsylvania, a state which leaves the decision to ban or allow concealed weapons on campus to its universities. At Penn State University, there is currently a ban in place. And that's where the student gun lobby wants to set an example, so they're carrying empty holsters into the classroom in revolt. "I've gotten some strange looks, but no one's asked me about it yet," Alex Dawes, a Penn State transfer student and leader of PSU's "Holster Up" efforts, told the campus news outlets Onward State. "Tuesday will be better," he said.