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postheadericon Concealed Carry At University — This One Gun Owner Reached Out To His University’s Vice President

Recently, one Alabama university student took issue with an email circulated to his inbox by his university. In that email, the university (which does not allow concealed carry) advised students to:

  • Act aggressively against an active shooter
  • Use improvised weapons against someone armed with a firearm

Do you know what would have been better? Actually being able to defend your own life through the use of your own firearm.

Here’s a snapshot of that letter sent from the university to students who pay tens of thousands of dollars a year to get a higher education:


That’s precisely the conversation that took place in one subreddit before that student went ahead and submitted the following letter to his university administrators.

To whom it may concern:

I have read and reviewed the recently distributed notification concerning active shooter situations on campus. It greatly concerns me that there are policies in place that prohibit law abiding citizens from carrying a weapon upon them for self defense. It is more concerning that this notification not only recognizes the possibility that these “rules” may be broken, and an active shooter situation may arise, but recommends that I “act aggressively” towards the shooter. It seems counterintuitive to instruct students, who evidently cannot be trusted to protect themselves, to place themselves in harm’s way without proper means of defense, using only “improvised weapons.”

You deny these individuals their constitutionally protected right, and yet ask them to defend themselves by “throwing items.” This notification is very hypocritical and I sincerely wish this institution would consider allowing law abiding students to concealed carry while on campus.

As the holder of an Alabama Unrestricted Pistol Permit, I have been subjected to the most stringent background investigation my state can provide. Through this investigation, the State of Alabama found that I can be trusted to possess a concealed firearm on my person. Despite this finding, I am unilaterally stripped of my right to bear arms the moment I step on campus, even though no tangible measures are taken to ensure the University of Alabama is actually gun free. The States of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin have all passed legislation permitting concealed carry on college campuses. None have experienced a spike in violence on campus. I urge the University to review its policies and consider allowing the possession of concealed firearms by licensed students and faculty.

And while we all waited with baited breath to see what response would come of it, there’s a certain expectation that the administrators of universities have completely written off the safety and security of their students and faculty on campus.

But, after waiting, a response did finally arrive.

And here it is:


Is it the response we really wanted? No. Absolutely not.

But here is where we start to break through these walls — by starting the discussion with those who actually run the university.

You’re the one paying tens of thousands of dollars (or much, much more) to attend that school. Why do they get the right to restrict your constitutional freedoms?

In short: they don’t.

Make it a point to vote with your dollars and definitely deliver why asking students to literally throw themselves at armed attackers is an impractical idea when there’s a much simpler, easier option right in front of their noses. Allow campus carry.

And conversely, as a faculty member working on campus — why should an active shooter have the right to hurt you, your students, or your fellow colleagues? What right does the university have to tell you it’s your job to hunker in a corner and wait for whatever gruesome end comes?

They don’t.

And it starts with holding this conversation with university administrators.

Concealed Nation

postheadericon Microsoft hires Michael Gough as corporate vice president of design, Applications and Services Group

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 2, 2015 — Microsoft Corp. on Monday announced that Michael Gough has joined the company as corporate vice president of design for the Applications and Services Group (ASG). Gough will be responsible for leading design across many of Microsoft’s most important products, including Office 365, and will report to Julie Larson-Green, chief experience officer.

Gough joins Microsoft from Adobe Systems Inc. where he most recently served as vice president of experience design leading its multidisciplinary experience creation organization. His responsibilities included leading the design of individual products, cross-product experiences, and next-generation products and services.

“Michael shares our passion for creating design-led, customer-centered products,” Larson-Green said. “His design thought leadership and creative expertise will be great additions to our current design teams as we transform the ASG product development culture and deliver compelling experiences for our customers. We are excited to have Michael join us, and we look forward to continuing our partnership with Adobe.”

A longtime design evangelist and advocate for the next generation of creatives, Gough has been pushing the envelope with disruptive designs and technology innovation for years. Before joining Adobe in 2005, Gough served as the vice president of brand design at Nike Inc., chief creative officer at Quokka Sports Inc., and founder and creative director at Construct Internet Design.

“I’m thrilled to be joining Microsoft and the effort to bring more productive and rewarding digital experiences to the world,” Gough said. “Microsoft is ideally placed to lead a much-needed revolution in our relationship with the digital world. With all its compelling assets, the company has a unique opportunity to connect every aspect of people’s digital lives.”

Gough is a regular speaker at industry conferences on the topics of design, creativity, innovation and education.

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