|Published:||Sep 13, 2012 10:45 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 13, 2012 10:57 PM EDT|
LEE COUNTY, Fl. - An effort to make guns legal on campus at FGCU. State law doesn't allow that now, but a group of students wants to change that law.
The group is called 'Students for Concealed Carry.' It's actually part of a national organization that started after the Virginia Tech massacre.
"Safety should be a personal responsibility and you shouldn't rely on others for your safety," says group president, Tim Cannedy.
Cannedy says, since the Colorado theatre massacre this summer, he made the decision to take on that responsibility.
"It upset me that I wouldn't be able to do that in the place where I spent the majority of my time," he adds.
Here on campus. It's why Cannedy is starting the FGCU chapter of 'Students for Concealed Carry,' a club he says would aim to first educate people about guns and ultimately seek to get the state law changed.
"There's nothing about schools, colleges, that makes them different from those other places so we feel that people should have the right to defend themselves at school as well," he says.
Student Kaytie Shea agrees.
"I was chased to my car one time..." Shae says.
It's why she says her dad bought and taught her how to use a gun last year. She says concealed weapons don't belong in the classroom or the dorm room, but the ability to keep one in your car on campus should be allowed.
"Purely for protection so if somebody comes, I can get away," she adds.
Cannedy's campaign has not gotten all positive reaction though. While the Virginia Tech tragedy prompted the national organization, that same shooting is why Jake Scott-Hodes is opposed to the group.
"It's a little too uncertain as to what they might do with them... I would rather them not have access to a weapon if they got a little heated and lost their heads," he says.
Cannedy says now that he has four officers and a faculty advisor, he can register the club at the university. He hopes to have their first meeting at the beginning of next month.