Remember the old days when women could defend themselves, and did so using the Derringer? It defies logic why anyone would attempt to prevent a woman from exercising this right. One can only wonder if Mollie Tibbitts, the Iowa college student recently found murdered at the hands of an attacker, would still be alive if she were able to do so.
One thing is for certain: College students, particularly vulnerable women, are cheering, because they are still able to protect themselves from would-be attackers and not become the next assault victim, thanks to a rational appeals court. Neither the government, nor a college, can prevent women from defending themselves. It’s a Constitutional right.
At least, so said the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, which recently upheld a previous decision by the district court to dismiss a challenge challenge to a Texas law permitting the concealed carry of handguns on campuses. The challenge to the law allowing concealed carry was brought by a group of professors from the University of Texas at Austin. Also, stuck down was a University-specific policy that prohibited professors from banning weapons in their classrooms. In essence, colleges cannot prevent women college students from becoming victims of would-be attackers.
The district court, in July 2017, had dismissed the professors’ claims that the law and school policy violated the First and Second Amendments, as well as the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal for lack of standing.
Circuit Judge Leslie Southwick wrote in regards to the First Amendment claims that lead plaintiff Professor Jennifer Glass “cannot manufacture standing by self-censoring her speech based on what she alleges to be a reasonable probability that concealed-carry license holders will intimidate professors and students,” explaining that an alleged harm does not meet a “certainly impending” standard.
We will never know whether Mollie Tibbits, an Iowa college student recently murdered by, allegedly, an illegal alien, would have been able to defend herself had she been carrying a weapon. But, other college women will at least be in a position to not become another victim.