About 60 students listened politely last night at Virginia Tech University as gun dealer Eric Thompson spoke as part of a weeklong demonstration in favor of allowing people to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, the Associated Press reports. “For people who want to arm themselves, there shouldn’t be policies in place to stop them,” he said.
He visited to support a chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, which advocates weapons on campuses. Virginia Tech spokesman Larry Hincker denounced the visit, saying it was “terribly offensive” that Thompson would set foot on campus. Last week, Virginia Tech marked the first anniversary of the shootings in a dormitory and classroom building that left 33 dead, including shooter Seung-Hui Cho. Ken Stanton, president of the university’s chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, said he lost a friend in the 2007 shootings and it taught him “firsthand the importance of self-protection.” Cho bought a Walther .22-caliber handgun through Thompson’s www.thegunstore.com, based in Green Bay, Wi.