Katie Kieffer

Young college women are particularly vulnerable, with 1 in 5 college women experiencing a sexual assault. This is why we must advocate for college women’s right to carry concealed firearms on campus. Certainly, college men also have a natural right to self-defense. That said, most victims of college rape and sexual assault are female.

The current administration’s policies are rendering women increasingly vulnerable to sexual assault on campus. For example, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice took your hard-earned money and awarded the University of New Hampshire with a grant to establish a “bystander-awareness” program. In other words, Holder authorized plunder to fund a program that teaches young men to stop rape with a motto as cheesy as “Stop, drop and roll.” A bystander awareness instructor described the motto to TIME: “Stop! No! Real men don’t take drunk girls upstairs!”

How many 20-something college-aged males can you think of who would feel comfortable wandering their dormitory shouting: “Dude! Stop! No! Real men don’t rape women!” I can think of zero.

In addition to college students, professors, staff and visitors should be allowed to carry on campus. Certainly, private universities should have the right to bar firearms on private property. However, there should not be federal mandates barring firearms on college campuses, schools or military bases because every human being and thus every American has a natural right to self-defense. Reason, or natural law tells us so and, in the United States, the Second Amendment affirms this natural right.

I hope that I never have to write another column defending college students’ natural right to carry on campus. I hope there is never another shooting in a gun free zone or any location for that matter. I suspect, however, that my hope will not be fulfilled. Tomorrow, please join me in tweeting directly @BarackObama with the hashtag #letmebeclear to let our president know we want the federal government to respect our personal freedoms, including the right to self-defense. You may learn more on my Twitter page.


Katie Kieffer

Katie Kieffer is a columnist and political commentator. She runs KatieKieffer.com. Kieffer is the author of the forthcoming book "LET ME BE CLEAR."