One week after a savage knife attack by a Muslim terrorist on the campus of Ohio State University, approximately 15 gun rights advocates walked through the campus while openly carrying firearms.
 
Dubbed “No More Sitting Ducks,” the walks was organized by Cincinnati resident Jeffry Smith. Smith told the campus newspaper, The Lantern, “The purpose of these walks, in general, is to advocate for conceal and carry … legal conceal carrying in Ohio.” A firearms safety instructor, Smith added that their purpose was: “Secondarily, to engage in dialogue with people about firearms rights and privileges.”
 
Smith was armed with an Israeli-designed Tavor rifle and two Glock handguns.
 
The group of gun advocates met at Union and High Street before noon and walked through the spacious campus in Columbus with the firearms in sight. While OSU prohibits students from openly carrying firearms, that prohibition apparently did not apply to the non-student members of “No More Sitting Ducks.” 
 
OSU officials were aware of the walk beforehand. “The organizers proactively notified the university of their intent to conduct this educational walk involving the legal possession of weapons, which will occur on and around campus,” said Dan Hedman, spokesman OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning, according to The Lantern. “The Ohio State University Police Division will have a visible presence during the event to promote safety and to protect the rights of all members of the university community.”
 
For his part, President Michael Drake is still opposed to open-carry following the knife attack by Somali student Abdul Ali Razak Artan on November 29. 
 
“The organizers proactively notified the university of their intent to conduct this educational walk involving the legal possession of weapons, which will occur on and around campus,” said Dan Hedman, spokesman OSU’s Office of Administration and Planning, The Lantern reported. “The Ohio State University Police Division will have a visible presence during the event to promote safety and to protect the rights of all members of the university community.”
 
In a statement on a Facebook page for the event, "No More Sitting Ducks" stated:
 
"This event is a direct response to today's vehicular & blade attack at The Ohio State University in Columbus, where details are still developing. (this post will be updated as more information becomes available)
 
"The brave officer who shot the terrorist just happened to be in the right place at the right time - but on an everyday basis other students aren't so fortunate when subject to varying degrees of threat from criminals.
 
"Sure, there's currently a bill in the legislature to give colleges & universities the *option* to allow concealed carry, but so what? When given the option in other states, guess what 99.9% of institutions have decided? No - I don't believe that a student's life is more valuable at XYZ University, nor do I believe that licensed ABC University students are inherently more dangerous ON campus than they OR their licensed counterparts are OFF campus."


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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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