Guns, Guilt and the Future of Campus Security: Aftermath of the OSU Terror Attack

Originally published at New Media Central.

On November 28th, OSU student and practicing Muslim, Abdul Razak Ali Artan bought a knife, hopped into a car and drove said vehicle into a crowd of students and faculty members of the Columbus based college. When he failed to kill any of his fellow peers with his car he jumped out, brandishing his knife and hacking wildly at every passerby. His crazed attack, though terrifying and sudden, was a failure, as he remained unable to garner a single kill before Alan Horujko, a local police officer, appeared on scene and demanded Artan comply. Artan refused and was promptly shot and killed instantly.

In the wake of this appalling attack within my home state, the primary question being floated through the mainstream media is whether or not this assault was brought on by Artan’s Islamic faith or due to severe prejudice and racial and religious discrimination. I find it strange that people are still speculating about this as the matter has been roundly settled. Artan’s social media history, by itself, is ample evidence that he committed the seemingly ad-hoc assault due to primarily religious reasons. If you remain doubtful of this then consider this post by Artan from his Facebook account:

“By Allah, we will not let you sleep unless you give peace to the Muslims. You will not celebrate or enjoy any holiday.”

Artan then went on to say, via his social media account, that he was “sick and tired” of seeing his Muslim brothers and sisters “killed and slaughtered.” The list goes on with similar tirades against the United States, bemoaning the worldwide treatment of the Ummah (a term referring to the collective Muslim community), saying that he, “I can’t take it anymore.”

Given that these statements come straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say, it is hard to see this as anything other than a Islamic inspired attack. This is not to say, however, that there were not other factors that could have conceivably contributed to Artan’s psychotic outburst. Perhaps, given his ethnicity and religious beliefs he did face some degree of alienation, perhaps he’d been rejected one too many times by women, or men – however, the primary, known reason is clearly Islam. Furthermore, whether or not he was bullied or discriminated against is of absolutely no consequence in regards to his crimes, for two wrongs, as they say, do not make a right. He was a terrible human being. Full stop.

The reason I am bringing all of this up has much to do with a recent series of interviews across the OSU campus aired by the conservative, Canadian broadcasting network, Rebel Media. In the brief segment, the articulate Rebel reporter, Faith Goldy stopped campus faculty and staff to ask them their thoughts about Artan, the attack and it’s aftermath. The first question was to a befuddle looking student in a red hoodie. Goldy asks whether or not he feels safe to which he nervously replies, “Yeah.” She then asks him whether or not he would consider Artan’s attack an act of terrorism. This time he is far more hesitant, finally replying, “It depends on what your definition of terrorism is.” Goldy tells him to just go ahead with his own definition, he then instantly replies, “No.” The next interviewee is one of the faculty members, a grey haired man, seemly and bespectacled, he touts the same lines. We can’t be too quick to judge, nobody really knows, it isn’t right to call it “terrorism.” Again and again she asks the question, “Would you call this terrorism.” The answer was resoundingly, “No.” The most alarming interview occurs with a very harried and unsteady young man sporting business casual.

Would you call what happened terrorism?”

No I wouldn’t,” the man quickly replies, “I would say it was a misunderstanding.”

Why would you say that?” Goldy asks.

Because,” the man pauses awkwardly, “That person [Artan] probably experienced a lot of racism and racism is traumatic.” [Now, it does bear mentioning that the Rebel, like most any news organization has it’s own agenda. Thus it is unclear whether everyone they interviewed answered in this way or whether they simply trimmed down the footage to exclude students who agreed with them to push a narrative]

So this obviously well-to-do and likely highly educated young man thinks that Artan’s attack was a misunderstanding. Ordering Johnny Walker and receiving Captain Morgan’s is a misunderstanding, asking for a pet millipede and getting a centipede is a misunderstanding, purposefully running people over with a car and then attempting to hack them to death is not. The baldfaced self-delusion is so breathtakingly egregious that it truly makes me fear for the future of my home state’s education system. The words coming from the mouths of such students is nothing more than cognitively dissonant propaganda. But that’s merely par for the course as far as the liberal, multicultural milieu is concerned.

However, far more interesting than these drone-like specimens is the dedicated body of students who have cast of the shackles of such deplorably dishonest rhetoric, called the Buckeyes For Concealed Carry On Campus. The group is a local arm of a nationally syndicated student group called Students For Concealed Carry, and aims to lift the restrictions on OSU campus that would prevent them from carrying firearms in and out of the school. Now this might sound confusing for those who are familiar with the fact that students actually are legally able to conceal carry firearms on campus. The caveat is that whether or not each individual school in Ohio wants to actually enforce this law is left entirely up to them. OSU was thus able to opt out of the law and effectively ban guns from being permitted on the premises by faculty staff and students, even if such prospective gun owners held a permit. The BCCC looks to revise the bill pertaining to such legislature in the wake of Artan’s assault and have recently released a statement that reads as follows:

I implore you to consider amending House Bill 48 to allow licensed campus concealed carry and remove the university campus carry opt-in clause retaining the authority to regulate campus carry in the general assembly.”

For those that might roll their eyes and say, “Just crying into the wilderness,” the Government Oversight and Reform Committee of the Ohio Senate recently held a hearing upon the bill, which the student group attended. They presented their reasoning as follows:

…as evidenced by pending litigation brought by Students for Concealed Carry and Ohioans for Concealed Carry against Ohio State University, there is little desire to enact a policy permitting campus carry much less follow current law with respect to possession of firearms on college campuses. The authority to regulate firearms on our public property should lie with the general assembly, not some appointed group of individuals who are not accountable to the people of Ohio through the election process. Please, for the sake of our best and brightest, amend HB48 and pass real campus carry. The time to restrict their right to choose is no more.”

A very sanguine argument in my opinion, as evidenced by the fact that nearly all of the major, pre-planned terrorist attacks in recent years have taken place in gun-free zones. However, the BCCC are far from alone in their reasonable protestations and have been joined in their fight to protect their rights to life and liberty by a unlikely ally, none other than Madison Gesiotto, an avid Trump supporter and 2014’s Miss Ohio. Gesiotto recently stated, in an interview with Independent Journal stated that, Criminals and terrorists do not respect the law ,and they will not follow the law. We need campus carry to protect ourselves and our friends on campus. I am sick of schools serving as victim target zones for these criminals and terrorists. Instead, we should be empowered to protect ourselves and those around us.”

The line, “-we should be empowered to protect ourselves and those around us,” resonated quite powerfully with me, especially in this time of foppish hand-wringing and profligate rights abdication. The more people like Ms. Gesiotto who stand up and speak out against this constant giving away of ground to the twisting, labyrinthine nanny-state that the US has become, the better. It is my sincerest hope that Gesiotto and Buckeyes For Concealed Carry On Campus are successful in their endeavour so that next time there is a terror attack on campus the headlines will read thusly, Fanatical sociopath shot dead by heroic OSU student.

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