NY Times Op-Ed: ‘Why I Would Have Liked to Have My Weapon With Me in College’

Amanda Collins.  (Photo: NRA/Michael Ives)

Amanda Collins. (Photo: NRA/Michael Ives)

Editor’s note: Kudos to the “New York Times” for running a brief but very powerful op-ed from gun-rights advocate Amanda Collins.  If you’re not familiar with Amanda’s story, it’s quite harrowing.  The fact that she is alive and well today is a testament to her personal strength and indomitable character.  Everyone, irrespective of their views on firearms, should look to Ms. Collins for inspiration.  

In college eight years ago, I was raped in a parking garage only feet from the campus police office.

I could see the police cruisers parked for the night as this stranger raped me, pistol to my head. I knew no one was coming to help me.

At the time of my attack, I had a Nevada concealed carry permit. But in Nevada, permit holders are not allowed to carry firearms on campuses. As someone who obeys the law, I left my firearm at home when I went to school. The law that was meant to safeguard me – the gun-free zone – only guaranteed I would be defenseless.

Eventually the man was caught, tried and convicted – not just for using a gun in gun-free zone, but also for raping two other women and murdering one. My attacker was not a student, nor did he have a concealed-carry weapon permit.

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About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • steve June 12, 2016, 6:57 pm

    I don’t know if she will read this, but I am very sorry for what happened and happy that the NYT actually ran her piece. She is a tough woman and a survivor. Being a survivor can be in some ways be worse than NOT surviving. She didn’t mention PTSS or anything, and I hope she is/has been getting proper help in that regard. I agree with SuperG regarding the NYT also. While surprised they ran it, I am glad they did, but don’t think they’re great or wonderful.

  • H. R. BEVIS June 10, 2016, 11:58 am

    Back when I was in college you could have guns.

  • SuperG June 6, 2016, 11:05 am

    I’ll never give the NYT kudos for anything. They publish one story about oppressive gun laws that actually harm innocents, but then publish 5000 anti-gun articles. So was the author of the article that published Mr. Joshua’s home address ever punished for getting him murdered? In case you were not aware, Mr. Joshua was a Ferguson grand jury witness and was assassinated the night the verdict was read over the shooting of hood-rat Mike Brown, at the address as published by the NYT.

    • DirtyBird June 2, 2017, 10:13 am

      False, false, and false SuperG. Deandre Joshua was killed and set on fire during the riots in Ferguson. Online conspiracy theorists suggested he testified in front of the Grand Jury reviewing the Mike Brown shooting. His mother and brother stated he did not testify, nor was he a witness.

      The NYT did state the name of the street where Officer Wilson lived, as did many other media outlets. The NYT also published a picture of Officer Wilson’s marriage license that included the address of a law firm. Again, online conspiracy theorists speculated it was his home address. The NYT later removed the photo.

      Not only are you stating false information, you’re conflating two separate conspiracy theories. It took me approximately one minute to research your false claims. Before you peddle misinformation, how about taking a moment to do your own research? Truth still matters, SuperG.

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