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Old April 20, 2012, 09:53 PM   #12
Tom Servo
Join Date: September 27, 2008
Location: Foothills of the Appalachians
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The student was able to hold on to it until a second passerby came to his aid and the attacker fled the area.
This part troubles me the most. Obviously, the gun was an attractant, not a deterrent, and the student hadn't prepared for that eventuality. What if the assailant had struck him first instead of reaching for the gun? What if the assailant had been just a bit meaner or more determined?

Was the student serious about carrying a weapon, or was he mistaking it for a symbol? There's a difference.
Sometimes it’s nice not to destroy the world for a change.
--Randall Munroe
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