So I heard that a gun-rights group at a local university was participating in this week's Empty Holster protests, where students wore empty holsters to class to point out their inability to legally carry a gun. Since said local university is part of my beat at my job, I naturally attended the event and filed the expected story
about it. But there's one detail I wasn't expecting:
[The group]met in the Student Center’s Clock Tower Room (on the ground floor of a building with no clock tower).
The phrase “clock tower” has unfortunate connotations in the guns-on-campus debate; in 1966, a University of Texas student named Charles Whitman took a rifle to the top of that school’s clock tower, killed 14 people and wounded 32 others before a police sharpshooter took him down.
“We didn’t pick this room,” Adler said when asked about it. “This is the room the administration assigned us.”