Right call on campus carry

West Virginia University is nationally recognized as one of the top party schools in the nation. Our legislature considered a campus concealed carry bill. Driving under the influence of alcohol is a criminal offense which kills and injures many. Advertisements proclaim, “Don’t let your friend drive drunk!” What would the new motto for frat parties be, “Don’t let you friend shoot drunk?” How many “hunting accidents” are related to alcohol? Even in the “Western movies,” cowboys were often required to take off their guns when entering a saloon.

If this concealed carry bill passed, West Virginia might be the first state to win a Darwin Award. The Darwin Awards commemorate individuals who protect our gene pool by making the ultimate sacrifice of their own lives; winners eliminate themselves in an extraordinarily idiotic manner, thereby improving our species’ chances of long-term survival. Requirements are: Reproduction — out of the gene pool, Excellence — Astounding misapplication of judgment, Self Selection — causes one’s own demise, Maturity — Capable of sound judgment, Veracity — The event must be true. When the inevitable event occurred, it would certainly be reported in the news to establish Veracity. Only Self Selection might prevent qualification for the award: Removing innocent bystanders disqualifies the nominee.

West Virginia is already losing population. Our schools need improvement. Our educated children move out of state for good jobs. This bill would only make these problems worse.

My family has known the pain of a senseless shooting. I still remember, when I was five, the anguish in my grandmother’s voice when the phone rang. My aunt, a missionary in an orphanage in Alaska, had been shot and killed. People in town watched as she and a friend climbed a mountain. A soldier returning from World War II asked what they saw. As a joke, town’s people said those two dots were bears. The soldier checked out a high powered rifle and shot what he thought was a bear and killed my aunt.

Where is the moral justice? Who is guilty: the town’s people telling a joke, the army providing the rifle, the soldier shooting what he was told was a bear, or my aunt crawling up a steep part of the mountain?

Thanks to the Senate Judiciary Committee. You saved other families from the loss of loved ones. You saved young people from the guilt of having shot another person, likely a friend.

Please continue to oppose any Darwinian bill that promotes armed confrontations and vigilantism.

Warren Peascoe



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