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Jeffrey Maxwell's Silver Hammer, by Dr. Mike Adams

I like teaching police officers because it virtually assures that no one will ever go on a shooting spree in my building at UNC-Wilmington. The officers I teach are, of course, allowed to carry guns – and many do as they go on duty directly after attending classes. Because criminals a) are aware of this, and b) are generally rational, the next shooting rampage will not be happening in my general vicinity.

The fact that most academics are generally ignorant of the benefits of guns on campus is readily apparent to those following a recent case at Western Oregon University located in Monmouth, Oregon. The case involves a former Marine named Jeffrey Maxwell who used to carry a derringer to school along with a small knife. He carried both concealed.

Maxwell carries his gun because, like many former Marines, he has a license to do so. His permit allows him to carry although not in federal buildings or in courthouses. He was studying in the student union when Monmouth Police officers approached him to ask whether he was armed.

Maxwell admitted he had a gun and knife in his pocket and an unloaded rifle in his truck. He was arrested and cited for possessing a firearm in public. Of course, he was let go by a district attorney who recognized that Maxwell simply had not committed any crime. But the fact of his complete innocence didn’t stop the university from going after Maxwell.

The university should have apologized to Maxwell. Instead, a student judicial panel suspended him from school for violating a student conduct rule banning the possession of weapons on campus.

The Oregon legislature could try to pass a law banning firearms possession - even for those with concealed carry permits - in places other than courthouses or federally owned buildings. If they tried to pass such a law they could well succeed.

But, in this case, Maxwell’s decision to carry was not challenged by any change in state law. It was challenged by yet another lawless university trying to trump state law with its own handbook. (For those who have not noticed, universities also try frequently to trump federal law with their handbooks. Often, they try to do both at once. It’s an old trick that often succeeds without challenge).

But the Maxwell case involves a more novel trick. It involves having this falsely accused man (who, remember, served his country in the Marines) get a mental health evaluation before returning to school. This may be worse than Hamline University’s decision to suspend a student simply for advocating concealed weapons permits on campus. That student was also ordered to submit to a psychological evaluation before returning to school.

To make matters in this case even worse, Maxwell is being told to write a 10-page paper on following the law and accepting responsibility for his actions. This requirement is coming from a university that did not follow the law and, in fact, is trying to trump it. And the university seems unwilling to take responsibility for doing so.

Speaking for the Oregon university system, Di Saunders correctly asserts that the question of allowing concealed weapons on campus is one of student safety. But she incorrectly asserts that allowing permit holders to carry on campus will make the campus more dangerous. No peer-reviewed publication has ever come to that conclusion based on actual evidence. And many have come to a contrary conclusion.

But university administrators rarely make decisions based on evidence. Instead, they make decisions based upon feelings. How will they feel when the next Jeffrey Maxwell is unable to stop the next Seung-Hui Cho?

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Wow! This case is insane. I hope Jeffrey Maxwell sues Western Oregon University, the student panel, and the Monmouth Police officers for violating his constitutional rights. Perhaps Gun Owners of America could assist Mr. Maxwell in some way. If we don't stand up for our rights we will lose them.
Mike Adams almost always writes his columns about outrageous (and unfortunately very frequent and widespread) examples of liberal fascism on university campuses. Because he happens to be a gun enthusiast, collector, and advocate, not to mention a professor of criminal justice, he often covers 2nd Amendment issues.

I sincerely hope I'm not overly optimistic when I think about how the Supreme Court's Heller decision of last year definitely clears the way for successful challenges to the gun-grabbers' agenda everywhere.

Dewey McDonnell said:
Wow! This case is insane. I hope Jeffrey Maxwell sues Western Oregon University, the student panel, and the Monmouth Police officers for violating his constitutional rights. Perhaps Gun Owners of America could assist Mr. Maxwell in some way. If we don't stand up for our rights we will lose them.
For the last 3 legislative sessions VCDL has tried to get a Concealed Carry for college campuses law into place. The University Administrators come out screaming against this and trot out the families of VT victims to denounce it as well. The Pres. of VT proudly announced the defeat of this legislation just a few weeks before the shootings by Cho. His belief is that people will "feel" safer with a no guns rule. The reality is quite the opposite. I am sure some people would "feel" safer if the US did not have Nukes, but the opposite is the truth. As long as the bad guys have arms it will be necessary for the good guys to have them too.
Liberalism is a mental illness, and the majority of "normal" Americans seem to be afflicted to some degree...Cho was a matriculating student at the time of the campus controversy surrounding the proposal to get rid of the concealed carry ban at VT, and my guess is that he was fully aware that the measure was defeated--its proponents practically ridiculed and chased off campus--and that he'd likely have no armed opposition to stop him on that day when he carried out his carefully-planned slaughter, having so calculatingly taken the time and trouble to chain the doors of the building closed so no one could get out, and no police could get in.

Why in hell don't administrators and victims' families realize how often concealed-carrying citizens--as well as those students at Appalachian U. Law School in 2001 who ran to their vehicles, got out their guns, and subdued the crazed Muslim foreign student--have stopped active shooters long before the police got there to bag the bodies??

One reason is that the anti-gun, derelict liberal media almost always intentionally omits from stories like the Appalachian U. Law School incident those facts, the ones that show law-abiding citizens using guns to save lives, from their published versions of the stories. Or, they run a version that describes some random churchgoer who happened to be carrying concealed as a church "designated security guard" so as to downplay the aspect that some ordinary citizen with a concealed firearm would be anything but some kind of problem, a threat to society or whatever--editors call her a security guard, and thus deliberately distort the truth in an attempt to diminish our argument.

Christopher J. Ward said:
For the last 3 legislative sessions VCDL has tried to get a Concealed Carry for college campuses law into place. The University Administrators come out screaming against this and trot out the families of VT victims to denounce it as well. The Pres. of VT proudly announced the defeat of this legislation just a few weeks before the shootings by Cho. His belief is that people will "feel" safer with a no guns rule. The reality is quite the opposite. I am sure some people would "feel" safer if the US did not have Nukes, but the opposite is the truth. As long as the bad guys have arms it will be necessary for the good guys to have them too.
First as in when the crowd chanted in disrespect to the fallen cops in Oakland, who in their crowd always are not being truthful, but rather spreading anarchy, Let the cops put up perimeters around these lawless places and place orange cones directing people away from such places. When a person slows down and rolls down their window -the cops would say "sorry we have determined,( notice feelings because you know so called educated only now run on rumors or feelings) this place is no longer safe for even us, and because we desire to get home in the evening to our wives and kids we will not be going in there any more to answer calls, so if there is a problem, the thugs in there will have to be called". Same with universities. Let the rich spoiled parents who never served in the Marines or any other armed forces take turns watching out so that there special children there will be safe from themselves, you know even not getting drunk, having orgies and doing drugs or doing plagiarism. This is my homemade solution to the problem of arrogance-b
PS Can we buy some land an start over- I think this place is no longer fit for humans

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