Guns on Campus: Idaho Professor Wonders When It’s Okay for Him to Shoot a Student
Man-oh-man, does this ever zero in on the insanity of allowing college kids to carry guns on campus:
When May I Shoot a Student?
BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:
In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?
I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.
I assume that if a student shoots first, I am allowed to empty my clip; but given the velocity of firearms, and my aging reflexes, I’d like to be proactive. For example, if I am working out a long equation on the board and several students try to correct me using their laser sights, am I allowed to fire a warning shot?
My current students have grown up learning responsible weapon use through virtual training available on the Xbox and PlayStation. Far from being enamored of violence, many studies have shown, they are numb to it.
I want to applaud the Legislature’s courage. On a final note: I hope its members will consider my amendment for bulletproof office windows and faculty body armor in Boise State blue and orange.
Thanks wingers. You’re proposing legislation that will lead to a fucking legal mess (and loss of lives too). You’ll have your precious guns by your side. What I want to know is what about the rights of people who don’t want to be terrorized by people who walk around with guns and trigger fingers. As usual, it’s your way or the highway.