Guns On Campus: An Open Letter to University of North Carolina President Tom Ross

Grass Roots North Carolina
Grass Roots North Carolina

To: Thomas W. Ross, President, The University of North Carolina
From: F. Paul Valone, President, Grass Roots North Carolina
Re: Your recent comments on House Bill 937, “Amend Various Firearms Laws”

Grass Roots North Carolina Forum for Firearms Education
Grass Roots North Carolina for Firearms Education

North Carolina –-( Mr. Ross:

WRAL-TV yesterday quoted you as saying that provisions in House Bill 937 (“Amend Various Firearms Laws”), and particularly its provision allowing concealed handgun permit-holders to keep firearms in locked vehicles on college campuses would “increase the risk to public safety and hamper our ability to protect not only our students, staff and faculty, but also campus visitors.”

Perhaps your view from the Ivory Tower is obstructed, Mr. Ross, so allow me to describe the landscape: The University of North Carolina is doing a woefully inadequate job of protecting its students, staff, faculty and visitors. In fact, just a few hours after your representatives testified to the North Carolina House Judiciary A Subcommittee in opposition to the bill, one of your students was raped outside North Carolina State University's Free Expression Tunnel.

Is that your idea of “protection?”

What about the student who, two days later, was robbed at knife point in the parking deck of the Reynolds Coliseum?

Is that your idea of “protection?”

I am advised that over the past five months, NCSU students have received six “WolfAlerts” for such crimes. Indeed, my own son, a student at NCSU until last year, witnessed police taking down an armed robber outside the window of his classroom.

Is that your idea of “protection?”

What about Eve Carson, the UNC Chapel Hill student kidnapped, robbed and brutally murdered?

Is that your idea of “protection?”

These crimes are but a tiny sample of the victimization going on every day in the university system you direct — a university system in which victims are prohibited from protecting themselves, instead forced to rely on police who generally arrive in time to interview victims, gather evidence and fill out police reports.

That you can't protect students and faculty from rape and murder isn't your fault. Police have neither the ability nor the legal obligation to protect individuals from violent crime. I don't blame you for that.

But I blame you for the arrogance of claiming you can.

By the admission of NCSU police chief Jack Moorman, testifying to the committee, a large part of the reason for opposing the measure is that allowing firearms on campus might force campus police responding to crimes to ascertain the intent of those they encounter.

Really? Is it your position, sir, that students should be victimized for the convenience of law enforcement? After all, identification is a problem law enforcement officers elsewhere manage to solve every day.

Who are you to say that lawmakers shouldn't pass rational legislation to deter violent crime? Controlled, multi-variate studies by John R. Lott, William Landes and others have demonstrated that concealed handgun laws deter murder, rape and aggravated assault.

Who are you to say that my son, a concealed handgun permit-holder who has proven himself sane, sober and law-abiding, should be disarmed not only on campus, but in travels to and from campus?

And most importantly, who are you to tell your students, faculty and visitors they can't exercise their natural right to self-protection against violent predation?

I can tell you who you aren't: You aren't a person who can defend them, and you aren't a person who should dictate their rights.

F. Paul Valone
President, Grass Roots North Carolina

Grass Roots North Carolina/Forum for Firearms Education is a non-profit, all volunteer organization devoted to educating the public about trends which abridge the freedoms guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, and engaging in grass roots activism to preserve those freedoms. Formed in 1994 to conduct a highly successful rally for the Second Amendment, GRNC has gone on to conduct projects like “Remember in November: A Gun Owner's Guide to Voting,” bringing concealed carry to North Carolina.

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The answer? Don’t go to a university that has a “gun-free campus.” Don’t send your kids there. Don’t donate any money. Don’t watch their games. If it’s a public university, tell your state legislators to cut off their flow of tax dollars. And tell them why.


Way to go Mr. Valone , I am a grassroots member and this is EXACTLY what ALL our members should do when confronted with irrational progressive know it alls . Thank you !


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I am embarrassed to say that I am remotely related to Thomas W. Ross. What an idiot.