Monday, August 25, 2008

Proof that college can actually make you dumber

I'm sure you all remember the horrific shooting at Virginia Tech which was carried out by a murderous psychopath and resulted in the deaths of 32 people and the wounding of dozens more. Since those murders took place, some college campuses across the country have given the green light for qualified students to carry concealed firearms with them on campus. Newsweek magazine gives us the details:
Most students carry book bags and laptops to class. Weston Zentner, a 23-year-old senior in business administration at the University of Utah, also takes along a loaded Springfield .45 compact, carefully tucked into a concealed belt holster. "Our campus is pretty safe," he says, "but you never know what's going to happen. I always feel safer when I'm armed."

While most campuses are gun-free, in the aftermath of the Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois shootings in recent years some students are demanding the right to carry concealed weapons. So far, only a handful of schools in Utah and Colorado allow students to carry firearms, but in more than a dozen states, advocates are pushing for laws compelling schools to allow students with state-issued permits to wear guns. "These students are able to carry everywhere else they go, so why not on campus?" asks Katie Kasprzak, a director of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, an advocacy group that claims more than 30,000 members. "They have a right to defend themselves in the event of an attack." The group has attracted much publicity, including a 2008 protest in which thousands of students across the country wore empty holsters to class to symbolize their "defenselessness."
And now for the reason behind the title to this post. So, you have heard the pro-carry side of the argument. But your humble blogger wouldn't be doing his job if he didn't provide a dissenting argument, also featured in the article. Check out this brilliant argument:
Not all students like the idea of classmates' packing heat. Megan Meadows, a senior at Virginia Tech who lost her best friend in the 2007 shooting, says she's glad nobody in her class had a gun on the day of the tragedy. "I was in a classroom that day, and everyone's nerves were high," she says. "Someone would have gotten hurt." Meadows, a theater and communications major, says she'd refuse to attend a school that included armed students.
Yes, read that again if you have to: "Someone would have gotten hurt." I guess the carnage that actually occurred was not enough for her. My God, how does someone's brain actually operate in this manner? I subscribe to a different view of course. As the famous John Lott book so succinctly puts it, "More Guns, Less Crime."

Good Day to You, Sir


nebraska girl said...

The idiocy of the anti-gun crowd never ceases to amaze me

Katie Kasprzak said...


Law and Order Teacher said...

These type of people populate their fantasy world and really believe that everyone if given the chance, will do the right thing. There is no evil in the world only evil thoughts. Those of us who believe that there is evil in the world are wrong and we are the evil ones.

Jim said...

College really can make you dumber...

Her quote is probably the stupidest thing I've ever heard...

And I spent 4 years in a college in New Jersey!

Anonymous said...

One of the small Texas school districts has approved the staff to carry concealed handguns. The district is 30 miles from the nearest sheriff's (or any type of law enforcement) office so the fear is that the district is vulnerable to violence with no quickly accessible protection.

Of course many teacher organizations are in an uproar, but that is to be expected.

Megan Meadows said...

Dear Blogger,

Dumber is not an actual word.


Megan Meadows

Chanman said...

Dear Megan Meadows,

Is "ironic" a word? That's what I was trying to be when I purposefully used the word "dumber." See, I went to college, so by using the word "dumber," I was showing that I am more dumb because I went to college... you know what, jokes just aren't as funny when you have to explain them.

I'm just going to assume that you were trying to be funny as well. Ha! Ha! Good one, Megan!

Anonymous said...

You weren't trying to be ironic, nice attempt though.

I believe Megan was trying to say that giving an untrained student a gun would have just hurt MORE people.

I do however, agree with your idea that people like to pretend everyone is good.

Chanman said...

Who said anything about "untrained" students, except for you?

So how about TRAINED students with firearms. Are you for that?

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