WMUR Readers Understand Gun Rights

Just when I start to give up on society and begin to believe we have given up on the ideals of liberty and freedom I see small glimmers of hope.

Today's hope came in the form of a online poll on WMUR, found HERE.

The question asked is whether or not concealed handguns should be allowed on college campuses.

At the time of my writing this 54% answered said yes, 43% said no and 3% were undecided.

I'm actually a little surprised it's even that close but clearly the majority out there understand that upon the age of 18 you are considered an adult and should have the rights associated with being an adult, including the right to own and conceal a weapon for your own protection.

Now that said, if a private institute wishes to ban weapons from their campus that is the choice of the institution and would be no different then a private employer not allowing weapons as a part of the contract entered with the employee upon hiring them.  A public institution however is just that - public and should have no stipulations place upon the rights of those on it's grounds and more then any other public location.

If there is any question about why an adult should have the right to bare arms if they so choose I point you to article 2a of the NH Constitution:

[Art.] 2-a. [The Bearing of Arms.] All persons have the right to keep and bear arms in defense of themselves, their families, their property and the state.

It does not place limits upon your freedom to own a gun ending at your front door step any more then the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution places a limit on your freedom of speech on your front door.

And should you still question whether or not adults should be trusted with guns look to the words of the founding fathers of this country:

"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain their right to keep and bear arms is as a last resort to protect themselves against tyranny in government." - Thomas Jefferson

"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed - unlike the citizens of other countries whose governments are afraid to trust the people with arms." - James Madison

"To preserve liberty it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them." - Richard Henry Lee

So while Republicans run around acting like Democrats claiming taxes are not our money and Democrats act even worse it's nice to see that the American public hasn't totally given up on the idea of being a free country and nation of liberty and justice for all.