Operation Campus Safety Comes to Virginia TechYou might wonder what the protest is going to be protesting.
Covington VA: Finally – we have a date and time for Operation Campus Safety at Virginia Tech!
**Mark your calendars, this is going to be big and you’re going to want to be part of it!
**We have approval for the protest from 8 AM to 4 PM on Thursday, November 17th. While some of us will be there early, the main protest will start at 11:30 AM and run until 4 PM. Speakers will start at 12 Noon and continue until 1:30 PM. We will need lots of people to carry signs, pass out literature, and answer questions.
The protest will be held in front of the Squires Student Center (College Ave./Otey Street side), not far from the town of Blacksburg or the VT Drillfield.
This: Virginia Tech has a "Campus and Workplace Violence Prevention Policy" (there's the first eye-opener; I wonder if Cho Seung-hui read it) that bans the university’s employees, students, and volunteers, or any visitor or other third party attending a sporting, entertainment, or educational event, or visiting an academic or administrative office building, dining facility, or residence hall, ... from carrying, maintaining, or storing a firearm or weapon on any university facility, even if the owner has a valid permit, when it is not required by the individual’s job, or in accordance with the relevant University Policies for Student Life."
The bigger eye-opener is the policy's "purpose":
It is the intent of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University to provide a safe and secure environment for university employees, students, and visitors by establishing preventative measures and providing assistance and support to victims.Translated, that means "Here's our gun ban policy, and when it fails, here's our victim support policy."
I'll leave it to the students and faculty at Virginia Tech to decide whether the first policy makes them feel safe, knowing the second.
To those who have to endure such frightening detachment from reality at VT, I'd suggest you join the protest. And shout with everything ya got:
For the victims of Cho Seung-hui and Virginia Tech "violence prevention policies," we say ...
... NEVER AGAIN!