Madison Gesiotto, a third-year Ohio State University law student and former Miss Ohio USA 2014, is one of many students that are calling for the right to bear arms on campus after Monday’s terrorist attack. 11 people were injured when a deranged Somali immigrant plowed his car into a group of his fellow students before going on a stabbing spree with a butcher knife.
Gesiotto took to twitter on the day of the attack to voice her displeasure with her inability to carry on campus and the danger that this creates for her and her fellow students.
Miss Ohio 2014 is not alone. Many students have joined a Facebook group called “Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus.” The group is calling on the Ohio Senate body to revise HB 48.
HB 48 currently allows campus carry in Ohio. However, the decision on whether or not students can carry on campus is delegated to representatives at each individual school, allowing certain universities the ability to prevent their students from carrying on campus. HB 48 also reduces the penalty of having a gun on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor. The students want to revise the law to mimic Texas Campus Carry laws that allow students to arm themselves.
The students have started an online petition at change.org to force the government to take action.