There used to be a time when College Professors gained some respect just by title alone. Lately I’ve had a difficult time figuring out why they would be more desirable company than a burnt out stripper standing on a street corner.
Our most recent example is an Assistant Professor by the name of Jessica Smartt Gullion. Who in her April 30, 2015 article opines that allowing trained, law-abiding citizens to lawfully carry concealed weapons on campus will lead to professors inflating grades to avoid getting shot. To bolster her claim she cites personal experiences with students who tried to intimidate her. What she doesn’t tell us is if she ever took any action to deal with these intimidating acts such as notify campus security, deans etc.
Her second argument is even worse than the first in that she references three incidents where shooting occurred on campus. While acknowledging that on all four campuses, guns were legally prohibited. Her first example is a shooting at Perdue, where a student with signs of drug abuse and mental illness murdered another student. Her second example has a similar tone as a student at a Virginia Community College also with mental health issues fired two shots in a classroom hitting no one. In the last shooting the details aren’t very clear as to what happened other than two people died in a place where guns were prohibited.
So to condense this fountain of higher learning’s opinion my take away is that she acknowledges that students already behave badly on campus, some with guns and some without. However, she claims that allowing vetted students to legally carry firearms will present an even bigger problem. Worse is that she makes this assertion while ignoring studies showing that such students are statistically more law abiding than even the police they rely on for protection.
Universities used to have a reputation for being open minded and for examining all the facts in a debate. Now, we seem to be subjected more to emotion than rational thought. There is already a well justified movement to eschew traditional colleges in favor of more direct approach to job training like apprenticeships. Screeds like this will only serve to further justify such a movement.