Okay, let’s take a quick break from weddings and talk about something that’s, you know, actually important. This time last week, as I was a driving to work, I stumbled upon the tail end of an NPR interview with a Texas-based professor (economics I think?) who had decided to take an early retirement thanks to pending legislation that would permit faculty and students to carry guns on his campus.
He sounded like a good guy—the sort of professor you’d want to stick around—but I couldn’t blame him. Not one bit. If my school decided to allow guns on campus, I’d be out of there in a heartbeat.
The next interviewee was the faculty adviser of a right-to-carry club at an Ohio-based university. He was pushing for legislation to allow concealed weapons on campus.
I couldn’t believe that such a thing even exists, the legislation or the right-to-carry club, but that’s the Midwest for you (sorry to any Midwestern readers out there, but really, you should just move to California or come back east…).
His arguments made my stomach churn (i.e. “I’m defenseless on my way to work because it takes me half an hour to get to campus and what if I got a flat tire during that time?” Umm… maybe check your tire pressure? Get those bad boys rotated?) but what can I say? I’m a glutton for punishment, so I kept on listening and tried to wrap my head around his rather warped sense of logic.
You know, as an intellectual exercise.
But there is just no logic to the more guns = more safety argument.
And I know this first hand because I have been to other countries. And in other countries, school shootings aren’t a regular thing.
Kids don’t have to practice hiding out in their classrooms (unless they’re in, you know, actual war zones).
Lecture hall doors don’t lock automatically.
And imbeciles don’t say things like, “Well, if people are uncomfortable around guns at public universities, they can go to private schools instead.”
Because yeah, that’s totally feasible. Let’s just keep screwing kids from lower class families, shall we?
And don’t even get me started on Ben Carson’s blame the victim rhetoric…