Philip Axelrod and Sara Adler say they don’t want to be defenseless targets.

“There are people out there who are off-balance and who shoot up schools,” Axelrod, 20, said. “I don’t want to be caught up in a situation where I have to lay down and die.”

Axelrod, a University of Connecticut student, and Adler, who attends Central Connecticut State University, are leading “empty holster” protests next week at both schools to lobby for the right to carry concealed handguns on campus. Although state law permits eligible people 21 and older to carry handguns, student conduct codes at both universities prohibit possession of firearms on campus.

The weeklong protest — which launches Monday, the 10th anniversary of the mass killings at Columbine High School in Colorado — is being held to raise awareness about a national organization, Students for Concealed Carry on Campus [ www.concealedcampus.org]. The group advocates self-defense and seeks to form a front line against another slaughter like the one at Virginia Tech in 2007. Read More

Source: Hartford Courant