Dartmouth Denies Request of Female Student to Protect Herself from Stalker

Most colleges and universities these days are gun-free zones, except when some disgruntled student decides to take advantage of that gun-free zone and shoot a bunch of defenseless people. Liberals think that if they make anti-gun rules on campus, it will protect everyone from another Virginia Tech or Sandy Hook happening. But all it does is turn students and faculty into a group of sitting ducks.

State legislators have come up with a number of ways students can protect themselves, particularly female students from sexual assault and rape. Whistles, call boxes, vomiting, martial arts, the “buddy system,” etc. all have been proposed by state legislators as ways to prevent sexual assault. Anything and everything imaginable but carry a gun.

We’ve reported on Amanda Collins before. She was a student at the University of Nevada who was raped at gunpoint in a gun-free zone, some 50 feet from the campus police station. She even had a concealed carry permit, but because guns were not allowed on campus due to state law, she wasn’t allowed to carry. Her rapist actually went on to rape two other women and killed his third victim. If she had had a gun on her, she could have killed the guy, and his third rape victim would still be alive.

For this reason, one Dartmouth student wanted to be able to arm herself to protect herself from a stalker who’s harassed her since she was 16. The LA Times reported:

20-year-old college student from San Diego has been rebuffed in her request to carry a concealed gun on campus for protection against a man facing criminal charges for stalking and menacing her.

Taylor Woolrich had asked officials at Dartmouth College, where she is a junior, for permission to carry the weapon for defense against possible attack by a 67-year-old man facing felony charges in San Diego County Superior Court.

Woolrich has a restraining order against Richard Bennett, who is set for a readiness hearing in court next week. Bennett, now in jail, faces charges of stalking, possession of a firearm while under a restraining order and unlawfully obtaining personal information about Woolrich’s family.

Woolrich has a “reasonable fear” of Bennett, who has repeatedly followed and harassed her, according to court documents filed by the district attorney’s office.

Woolrich, whose father is a San Diego police officer, spoke this week in Washington at an event sponsored by the national conference of Students for Concealed Carry.

She said that Bennett spotted her at a coffee shop where she was working in 2011 and began harassing her. Even when she went to college, he seemed to know when she was returning to San Diego to see her parents, she said.

“When I came home from school last summer, he was at my front door within eight hours of my plane landing,” she said, according to a story on Fox News. “That’s when I realized how serious it was.”

A police search of his car found a slip noose, knife, gloves and other things, she said.

Bennett, in a jailhouse interview, told KGTV in San Diego, “I am innocent as the day is long.”

Dartmouth, like many colleges, has a rule against allowing firearms on campus. A spokesman for the Ivy League college, located in Hanover, N.H., said that exceptions are not made but “we certainly do everything we possibly can to make all our students feel safe.”

Bennett remains in jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

They do everything they possibly can, except the one thing that would work best. Woolrich said that as soon as Bennett is out of jail, she’ll leave Dartmouth, since she isn’t allowed to carry a self-defense weapon.