Professor on Campus Carry Law: “Guns are a Poor Means of Self-Defense”

Tell that to a cop or a soldier. I think they would question a person’s mental health if he or she claimed that guns are a poor means of self-defense.

Of course, the opposite is true. Guns are a superior means of self-defense. They are very powerful weapons, which means people who have them should know how to use them well and when to use them.

Campus carry legislation very well may pass in the state of Florida. But law professor Mary Anne Franks at the University of Miami thinks it’s a terrible idea. She tweeted, “Guns are a poor means of self-defense for all.” The Libertarian Republic reported:

Mary Anne Franks, a professor who specializes in self-defense law and is also an instructor in Krav Maga (an Israeli form of hand-to-hand self-defense), urged lawmakers to reject this legislation due to reasons having to do with the inability to use a firearm effectively. However, during the two-hour hearing on Tuesday, she gave no reason to believe that she is an expert on firearms.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported her statements, which included citations to statistical data supporting that guns don’t help potential rape victims because they don’t know how to use guns effectively. Franks referred to the New York Police Department 18% “hit rate” in gun fights, stating that through extensive training, even they “struggle to use them effectively and accurately.”

Florida State Senator Greg Evers introduced a campus carry bill, S.B. 68. It would allow concealed carry on campuses and universities in the state. As Evers said, it would protect students’ Constitutional rights as well as provide a means for self-defense and the defense of others.

I understand Mary Anne Franks’ concern. The problem is, however, that we don’t live in a society where criminals care all that much about laws. That is what makes them criminals. They’re not going to care that college campuses prohibit the possession of firearms. In fact, that is what would work to their advantage.

If Professor Franks were confronted with an armed man who intended to rob her or murder her, her knowledge of Krav Maga might help her. But I think I’m not going out on a long limb in suggesting that she’d probably prefer having a gun.