Let’s Have That Discussion

by Michael Newbern on February 24, 2013


Yesterday, we posted a link on our Facebook page to a piece on NBC4 about the Ohio Rally for Sensible Gun Laws challenging the coverage, Pros And Cons Of Gun Laws Debated At Columbus Rally, as an inaccurate description of the event. There was no open debate on gun laws. Furthermore, groups involved in organizing and promoting the event do not welcome us to and decline invitations to engage in the honest, open, reasonable conversation on sensible gun laws, in particular laws banning concealed carry on college campuses, they claim to want.

Buckeyes for Concealed Carry received a message on Facebook from Kelly Cameron with Moms Demand Action – OH/Columbus challenging our recollection of the event and our encounter with her. She claimed our account of the encounter was inaccurate and that at no time have we ever reached out to any leadership in her group seeking a discussion. While we stand firm in our recollection of the encounter, which was witnessed by a reporter, we will concede that messages to groups organizing the event may have been lost in the cyberspace shuffle.

We would like to take this opportunity to issue such an invitation publicly. We invite Toby Hoover of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence and Kelly Cameron of Moms Demand Action – OH/Columbus to engage us in the honest, open, reasonable conversation on campus carry bans they’ve been asking for. It is time we address the restoration of the right to self-defense as part of the solution to violence.

We will host on the campus of Ohio State University a moderated debate between myself, Michael Newbern, Director Ohio Students for Concealed Carry, Joe Smith, President Buckeyes for Concealed Carry, Toby Hoover, Executive Director Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and Kelly Cameron with Moms Demand Action – OH/Columbus during the month of March on a date to be determined by the debaters. We will secure the location on campus. We will secure a student staff member of The Lantern to moderate. We will work with local media to cover the debate. We will also pay Ms Hoover’s and Ms Cameron’s travel expenses to and from Columbus.

Will you, Ms Hoover and Ms Cameron, accept our invitation to engage in an honest, open, reasonable discussion about concealed carry on Ohio’s college campuses?

Michael Newbern, Director
Ohio Students for Concealed Carry

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