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  • aetius476 Nov 23, 1:00 p.m.

    does UNC not do ANY due diligence when they hire these folks for taxpayer salaries and benefits?

    Good grief, an IT manager? Packing heat in his desk and mixed up in kiddie porn. Guy looks like a drifter....

  • sarahsoandso Nov 21, 2:35 p.m.

    Neither this man nor his wife have been charged with ANYTHING other than possession of a firearm on school property. Y'all are ready to string these people like it's the thing to do and there's not even enough conclusive evidence to CHARGE them with any sex crimes! Shame on you!

  • nbspikeb1 Nov 21, 1:19 p.m.

    Stupidity cost him a 91K Job. What was he and his wife thinking????

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 21, 11:43 a.m.

    Liberal versus conservative, yada, yada, yada. With the Democrats in office my gun rights actually got better!


    To the issue, I believe we should be allowed to carry on school campuses. Or we should at least have the ability to drive on campus with firearms, like when dropping off in the carpool lane. Or be allowed the have the firearms secured in the car.


    I carry wherever I legally can. I follow the rules, which means sometimes my gun stays at home because I’m briefly on a school campus somewhere. That’s ridiculous. It’s also ridiculous that I can’t carry while eating a salad at Olive Garden.


    Time for NC to make some common sense adjustments to the gun laws.

  • SmokeWagon Nov 20, 3:49 p.m.

    ..."WHEW! How many people do you know have a 9/mm handgun in their office desk?..."

    You would probably be absolutely amazed.....!! I however, am not...CCW permit FBI background checks are taking 6-8+ weeks because of the huge backlog, and CCW classes are totally full....!!!!

  • superman Nov 20, 3:32 p.m.

    UNC is also having trouble with their housekeeping staff. Is Mr. Thorpe still there? Does he do anything?

  • charmcclainlovesdogs2 Nov 20, 3:18 p.m.

    found a 9-mm handgun in his campus office, sex with multiple partners, including a 12-year-old and 15-year-old boy. "Mr. Hitlin is not a predator, not a pedophile and not a pornographer

    WHEW! How many people do you know have a 9/mm handgun in their office desk? Not any I can assure you. If he is not a predator, pedophile, or pornographer, then why would he be discussing it at all? Glad they find out and arrested him. Hummmm they may even have saved a child from this monster.

  • Bartmeister Nov 20, 3:04 p.m.

    One last comment. The fact that I conceal carry some of the time, all of the time, or none of the time doesn't make me any more or less of a target for bad guys. The fact that I would open carry might make me a larger target for someone, who knows. Point is, yeah I would like my chances better in a hostile confrontation or defensive situation with my gun, but I'm not at more risk because I don't carry all of the time. Just because someone carries a gun doesn't ensure them of not getting killed or hurt. In fact I would say the majority of private citizens that conceal carry couldn't hit the broad side of a barn with a shot if they had to. I was at an indoor range not too long ago, a guy 2 stalls down had a .45 cal pistol. At 20 feet he wasn't hitting the paper at all. 20 feet!!!! Too many think firing a pistol is like a hollywood movie, one shot, one kill. If you pull a gun, you better come out firing and hit something, preferably the bad guy with the other weapon.

  • Tarheel born Nov 20, 2:34 p.m.

    This story has the makings of a movie....a "duh" wife and the !d!ot husband. And the ending is "it wasn't my fault" it's my bosses fault for not catching me sooner and getting me some help.....go figure...good riddance.

  • esteryates69 Nov 20, 2:21 p.m.

    This man sound superfluous.

  • Bartmeister Nov 20, 2:17 p.m.

    Bartmeister: Luby's restaurant in Killeen, Tx is a 'classic' example of gov't overreach. Fortunately the 'saying' I carry a gun because a COP is too heavy applies without regard of one's location. Being arrested for carrying is the type of consequence you can live with BUT not carrying and being a victim that dies is forever.. kawirider54

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    Oh, I remember the shooting, a restaurant in a strip mall I believe. But there are laws to live by and some apply to where you can and cannot conceal carry a gun. I may not agree with all locations prohibited but I abide. If I grow that paranoid where I feel the need to carry everywhere I go and just resign to the fact that I will take the punishment, then I'll stop going out. Not gonna be a prisoner of my own feelings, emotions, and surroundings. I'll take reasonable measures to protect myself and family but refuse to be looking around every corner and behind every bush. Sorry....

  • westernwake1 Nov 20, 2:06 p.m.

    Another striking example of staff integrity failure at UNC Chapel Hill.

  • baldchip Nov 20, 1:31 p.m.

    This story is the story of a perp who had a gun. He should be fired-for both charges.

    Several years ago, my son and another friend(both Eagle Scouts) wanted to go see a 3rd Eagle Scout in the hospital in CH. Then, they wanted to go to Sanford to shoot clays thinking they were saving gas. What they did not like was when I said no because they could not take their shotguns in their trucks to CH-even to park at the hospital, visit, then go on to shoot clays.

    Common sense has left America. Our rules far outway common sense. Maybe someday-America will return to "the land of the free and the home of the brave".

    This will not happen as long as we elect RADICAL LOONIES like the one in our White House and the current resident of the Governor's Mansion!!

    Praying for the day when God and common sense return to America!!

  • lazyrebel Nov 20, 1:26 p.m.

    I can't belive that the govenrment can arrest you for just having a gun on a college campus. 1984 has arrived, just a few years late. All this type of law does is to make the honest person a crimninal. If a person wants to kill people at UNC he will bring the gun and do it. Get government out of our lives!

  • kawirider54 Nov 20, 12:59 p.m.

    IF Sec of State Hillary & BHO have their way and succeed in circumventing the US constitution and the UN rules over this issue WE ALL lose all rights to owning OR carrying any former legitimately purchased weapons. Get your Senators to oppose this!

  • kawirider54 Nov 20, 12:55 p.m.

    Bartmeister:
    Luby's restaurant in Killeen, Tx is a 'classic' example of gov't overreach. Fortunately the 'saying' I carry a gun because a COP is too heavy applies without regard of one's location. Being arrested for carrying is the type of consequence you can live with BUT not carrying and being a victim that dies is forever..

  • SmokeWagon Nov 20, 12:43 p.m.

    Given the recent murder rate in Chapel Hill..now refered to as Durham South...I would be armed as well...!!!

  • Bartmeister Nov 20, 12:23 p.m.

    @ Irakydarb2 = There are a thousand stories like that one. And a thousand that are as compelling against the argument you raise. I was told by my CCW instructor about the restrictions on certain locations were motivated by different factors like Governmental property - politically charged issues promote violence in those settings. Universities, and public parks(which has since been revised out) are locations of assembly with potentially large quantities of people, etc. And just having the right to deny because it's your property is good enough. You can't make a law that addresses every situation. As a conceal carrier, I seldom carry mine in public even when permissible. Paranoia can make people crazy. I haven't needed mine yet, but when I travel, it's with me. And btw, nothing is mentioned that this guy was a CCW permit holder.

  • lrakydarb2 Nov 20, 11:55 a.m.

    michaelclay, really? That is your best reply? I understand that is the law. My question...which apparently was very poorly worded...is WHY is the law written that way? What is the logic and reasoning behind the law?

    Look this up http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luby's_massacre

    Here is a snippet from it (editted for the 1000 char max)

    Hennard also approached 32-year-old Suzanna Hupp and her parents. Hupp reached for her .38 revolver in her purse, only to realize she had left it in her vehicle to comply with Texas law which prohibited carrying a concealed weapon at the time... Her father Al, 71, rushed at Hennard in an attempt to subdue him but was fatally shot in the chest. A short time later, as Hupp was escaping, her mother Ursula, 67, was shot in the head and killed as she cradled her wounded husband.

    To this day, Susan Hupp remains bitter that her parents had to die because she was a law abiding citizen. Apparently, Hennard was NOT one.

  • Bellar1 Nov 20, 11:38 a.m.

    lrakydarb2
    I totally agree. It is one of the inconsistencies in NC CCW law that needs resolution. I can't carry into a first-class restaurant if they serve wine. My doctor is part of a university practice and I can't even park in the parking lot, leaving my gun in my vehicle, as driving onto the property is in violation of the law. NC's laws on CCW are way behind many states.

  • michaelclay Nov 20, 11:37 a.m.

    lrakydarb2, because the law says you can't.

  • The Anti Hans Nov 20, 10:58 a.m.

    I agree lrakydarb2. I choose not to outsource my family's safety and I don't like the fact that the nanny state wants to make that decision for me on a school campus. But I also don't break the law ... the consequences of getting caught with a firearm on a school campus are too severe and too long-lasting. This guy should have worked for change through the proper channels ...

  • btneast Nov 20, 10:30 a.m.

    But, what is wrong with a law abiding citizen carrying a handgun on campus

    Theoretically, I agree with you. Unfortunately, the reality is that there are some folks that should not be packing that can qualify for CCW.....too high strung, too quick to settle a dispute the wrong way, too panicky, etc.

  • lrakydarb2 Nov 20, 10:01 a.m.

    It should NOT be a crime to carry a handgun on campus. The criminals have them. This guy violated the law and should be punished accordingly. BUT, if someone at VT had a handgun OTHER THAN the mass murderer several years ago, some live might have been saved. We will never know.

    What progressives/liberals don't seem to grasp is that the criminals will always have guns because, well, THEY ARE CRIMINALS. Again, this man violated the law and by definition he is now a criminal.

    But, what is wrong with a law abiding citizen carrying a handgun on campus? Key words are "law abiding". If I have a CCW, why should I NOT be allowed to carry it on campus?

    I await your replies.

  • veyor Nov 20, 9:57 a.m.

    Firearms on campus, statutory rape, atheletes cheating in classes, boys and girls in the same suite and bathrooms - what a "university"!

  • InTheNo Nov 20, 9:41 a.m.

    knowest with whom thou chat.

  • rachel Nov 20, 9:33 a.m.

    we are such a sexually immature society-yes, things are against the law but we actually pay police to engage in sex talk with the people hoping to get them to say something stupid so in turn we can fire them from their jobs and send them to jail-so let me get this straight-if you have any kind of sexuality you obviously can't do a productive job and you need to be put in jail-entrapment is one of the lowest forms of a police state

  • COLT45 Nov 20, 9:06 a.m.

    Taking a chance bringing a firearm on campus.

  • mernst Nov 20, 8:40 a.m.

    not unusual employees playing around anymore on the internet instead of working! ops i better get back to work :-)

    lots of unemployeed IT folks would do his job for half that pay!

  • Viewer Nov 20, 8:40 a.m.

    He violated the law by having the firearm on campus.The other stuff remains to be explained.

  • bubbba Nov 20, 8:40 a.m.

    $91,705 a year to chat about sex. Go UNC!

  • Bob3425 Nov 20, 8:36 a.m.

    Hand gun on college campus, why? Everyone know bring a gun on campus is against the law. He should be fired for that alone.

  • tealsatin Nov 20, 8:35 a.m.

    $91,000??? for an IT manager? Looks like Easy Street just turned to Old Dirt Rd.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Nov 20, 8:24 a.m.

    See ya, wouldn't wanna bee ya....

  • kmanc4s Nov 20, 8:12 a.m.

    His attorney states: "Mr. Hitlin is not a predator, not a pedophile and not a pornographer," she said in a statement. "He is not a danger to his community."

    However, police traced a chat session back to his computer where he was discussing inappropriate acts with a 12 year old and a 15 year old pretending to be his wife. So, what does that indicate about the type of person he is?

  • Bartmeister Nov 20, 8:10 a.m.

    Looks like the State budget just got lighter.

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