Rules of Engagement

Posted: March 1, 2014 in Constitutional Issue, Gun Control, Ugliness American Style
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A professor at Boise State University is not a happy camper because the Idaho State Legislature has moved a bill to allow guns on college campuses out of committee–meaning it will go up for debate and a possible vote.  Here’s just a taste of his letter–the entirety was published in the NY Times just the other day.

I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil. Since I carry a pen to lecture, I did not feel outgunned; and because there are no working sharpeners in the lecture hall, the most they could get off is a single point. But now that we’ll all be packing heat, I would like legal instruction in the rules of classroom engagement.

I wonder how many of those conservative idiots in the legislature will fail to see the sarcasm and satire in his letter? Probably far too many.

  1. lwk2431 says:

    “I wonder how many of those conservative idiots in the legislature will fail to see the sarcasm and satire in his letter?”

    Good sarcasm, but you have to wonder if higher education would not be served with a few professors shot for malfeasance from time to time. From personal experience I can tell you that some of them are sadists of the first order. But I got what I needed from them (a degree) and as one acknowledged I would probably end up making more money than them (and they were right!).

    Ok, seriously though, everywhere concealed carry has been proposed the opponents have always claimed that “blood would run in the streets” and it would be a huge disaster. Guess what? Since Florida started the “shall issue” concealed carry movement in the 1980s it has been a big success. Blood didn’t run in the streets. People who go out and get concealed carry licenses have proven to be very responsible. They do get arrested for firearms violations, but statistically at a rate slightly lower than sworn police officers.

    None of the “bogey man” scenarios came true. And there have been some benefits.

    Get used to it. It is going to happen.



    • DRangedinaz says:

      Saying that professors deserve to be shot, even in jest, doesn’t help your argument.

      You’re conflating concealed carry in general with concealed carry on campuses. Campuses have a high concentration of the most violent, most unstable group in our society–white males between the age of 18 and 24. It’s also an age group in which mental illness often begins to manifest itself, particularly schizophrenia. Many, if not the majority, of the mass murders in this country have occurred on college campuses. This kind of bill would only make such horrors all that much easier. It also means that people who want to be heroes will also carry and I, for one, would not want someone who can’t tell his ass from a hole in the ground to be sitting in my class, eagerly awaiting the day they can pretend like its the OK Corral. And they all think they’re a hero when 99.9% are no where close to competent enough to fire in the chaos that occurs in such situations.

      This law may very well be inevitable in Idaho and other states like it. That doesn’t mean it’s good policy. It just means the NRA has lined enough people’s pockets with the gun lobby’s money and fooled enough gun owners in the US with their fear tactics. What IS inevitable and just is that over time this obsession with unfettered gun rights will fade away along with all the other selfish, destructive and immoral conservative positions. Demographics and societal values are changing, slowly to be sure, but inexorably and this madness will disappear as it has in all the other advanced, industrialized nations around the world. Perhaps you are the one who should ‘get used to it’.

  2. Yeah, no one needs shot just because they are a sadist. Rather overkill. University teaches people that you MUST pay attention to the people in charge, because if they want to, they can break you. This is real life, job-experience kind of training. I wouldn’t want to be in a room with armed people that can’t realise even that much (and you know that quite a lot can not/will not).

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