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Armed Protesters Gather at GMU

Virginia Citizens Defense League protested the university's policy excluding students and faculty from carrying guns on campus.

The Virginia Citizens Defense League (VCDL) protested at Wednesday. VCDL members and volunteers were visibly and legally armed. Anti-gun advocates from the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence counter-protested.

The university has a ban on weapons for all students and faculty. However, those who aren't students or faculty may carry guns on campus, if they have the proper permit.  The Constitution of Virginia protects the right of citizens to keep and bear arms from government infringement.  An overview of Virginia's gun laws are posted by the Virginia State Police.

"I kind of understand both sides, I'm not really lenient towards either," said Julie Manausa, a conflict analysis major at Mason. "I understand the need for self defense, but I honestly don't really see why there would be a need on a college campus for weapons."

Others disagree.  In a preelection debate at , he did not believe in any type of gun control measures and viewed them as an infringement of individual rights. “Criminals will still continue to get guns, regardless,” he said. Kane also said that the Virginia Tech shootings could have been averted if students had been allowed to carry guns on campus.

According to their website, "VCDL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots organization dedicated to advancing the fundamental human right of all Virginians to keep and bear arms as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution and Article I Section 13 of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Virginia."

"The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence seeks to secure freedom from gun violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy," says their website.

Will Radle November 27, 2011 at 02:15 PM
John wants felons & persons with mental health disabilities carrying automatic firearms. No questions asked. Anything else is a violation of his rights as protected by the US Constitution. Everyone else here agrees, or remains silent. The weapons of George Washington's era were very different. The culture was different. He felt obligated to let strangers sleep in his house and feed them in the morning when they were traveling. He lived in a very different culture than our modern society.
John Wilburn November 27, 2011 at 06:22 PM
Poor Will doesn't know when to just stay on the mat. Just because we're well armed, doesn't mean we aren't merciful.
TBG November 27, 2011 at 06:48 PM
Whoever captioned that picture is only showing his ignorance: Washington didn't have the right to free speech. That's one reason we fought the British in the first place.
John Wilburn November 27, 2011 at 07:01 PM
I don't know who captioned it, but it makes a good point and shows how logical it is that Amendment 1 is followed directly by Amendment 2. The right is human and univeral, not manufactured by any government. The British were just denying it.
Will Radle December 24, 2011 at 03:41 AM
An overwhelming majority of Virginia voters favor banning guns on college campuses, See the results of Quinnipiac's statewide poll released Thursday: http://www.roanoke.com/politics/wb/302726 A. Will Radle, Jr. Creating a Culture of Listening FairfaxAdvocates@gmail.com

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