Last week, I obtained my copy of The Temple News and saw a headline reading that a “shooting lands two in hospital,” and expected to read the same old story about two Temple students who were shot in a successful robbery of their home.
Much to my surprise, things this time were different.
One Temple student, Robert Eells, was prepared to deal with the intruders because he has a permit to legally carry a handgun unlike so many other Temple students who fall victim to violent crimes. I think this raises an important issue for Temple Students who live in the neighborhood and Philadelphians alike. What about firearm rights in Philadelphia?
It seems like when someone brings up the issue of firearms on Temple’s campus, it’s about limiting gun rights and taking guns away from law abiding citizens. In this case, things may have ended differently if Eells was not exercising his right to bear arms.
When a city like Philadelphia tries to make it difficult for law-abiding citizens to get gun permits, it inhibits their ability to defend themselves from assailants and makes the population less safe. As evidenced by this example, if 15 year-olds are able to get illegal guns and commit crimes, why should Temple students and other Philadelphians not be afforded the same opportunity to defend themselves and their property by owning a legal firearm?
I think it’s time that Temple starts having a discussion about firearm rights, educating students on what their firearm ownership rights are and explaining how to legally obtain a permit for those students who live off campus. In the end, they will have to protect themselves and their homes from ruffians like the 15 year-old who was willing to kill someone for a few dollars.
Recently, the Pa. State Supreme Court has ruled against Philadelphia and in favor of expanded gun rights, making concealed carry and open carry in the city legal, with a permit. I commend Eells for using his constitutional rights and legally owning a gun.
At the end of the day, if law-abiding citizens aren’t able to easily obtain firearms, the only people with firearms other than the police will be criminals.
Temple College Republicans