I just saw an article about yet another shooting at a university somewhere in Texas (I’m on the phone, so I can’t link. Please contribute a link if you have one handy).
The article says there will be a bill discussed in Texas’s House of Representatives that would allow college profs to carry guns on campus.
What do you think about this measure?
I, for one, know that this will not make me feel even remotely more safe. I love my colleagues, but they do have a tendency to get cranky. Just go visit the College Misery website. Would you like to be surrounded by those people waving guns about?
Besides, professors are notoriously absent-minded. I routinely sit on my cell phone, Kindle, pen, handbag, etc. What’s to prevent a pensive prof from sitting on a gun during a moment of productive scholarly thinking?
Or take that time when I took a tampon out of my bag thinking it was a pen and started pointing it at students. What if that were a gun and students felt threatened and drew their own guns in response?
I’m trying to be funny here, but the issue is not all that cute. A university should be an oasis of learning, cultivation, kindness, and good manners. It should be a place somewhat apart from the rest of the world. A place where people exist in the realm of ideas and don’t allow the hysteria of the immature and the unstable to seep in.