Stop prosecutions of "accidental felons" like Johnston Co. Eagle Scout
The floor vote for House Bill 937 has been rescheduled for tomorrow night (5/6/13). As you recall, it contains restaurant carry, provisions for guns in locked vehicles on college campuses and state properties, carry in assemblies for which admission is charged, and a "cleanup" of parks carry language. Although the bill isn't everything we want, it is a good start.
Every day, thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens become "accidental felons" when they unwittingly carry firearms across what they might not even know is "educational property." Such is the case of Cole Withrow, the 18-year-old Princeton High School student who unknowingly brought a shotgun he had left in his truck to school. When he called his mother to ask what to do, others overheard the call and had him arrested. This Eagle Scout, honor student and model citizen now faces felony prosecution. Although HB 937 wouldn't prevent the prosecution of Withrow, since the incident wasn't on a college campus, it will undoubtedly prevent untold lives from being ruined. The message to deliver to House Republicans today is: "Help prevent 'accidental felons': Pass HB 937 without weakening amendments".
Left-wing connections to UNC President Tom Ross
On Friday, the Civitas Institute highlighted the relationship between UNC President Tom Ross, who spoke out against HB 937, and the ultra-liberal Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation. Said Civitas:
"UNC system President Tom Ross has weighed into the gun debate. Ross wants a provision in House Bill 937, that allows concealed carry permit holder to have a weapon in a locked vehicles on a college campus. to be removed.
"This should come as no surprise to anyone. Ross, as head of the liberal Z Smith Reynolds Foundation, funded the Anti-Gun group NC Against Gun Violence (NCAGV). NCAGV also happens to be an original member of BluePrintNC the group that supports “eviscerating & crippling” conservative state leaders."
We should also note that UNC Chapel Hill is under investigation by the U.S. Education Department's Office for Civil Rights for deliberately under-reporting campus sexual assaults. With thirty-five (and perhaps more, considering under-reporting) forcible sexual assaults between 2008 and 2010, one source notes that the UNC Chapel Hill rate of forcible sexual assault is 50.1% higher than the national average for college campuses.
When Ross demanded campus gun storage be removed from HB 937, he claimed the bill would hinder UNC's ability to "protect" students. Is rape the sort of "protection" he has in mind? Using the copy-and-paste list below, please deliver the following message to all UNC chancellors: "Not a dime for UNC until you stop attacking our rights." Below is the latest open letter from GRNC President Paul Valone to Ross.