Campus carry….OH THE HORROR!!!
Professors in Texas may consider changing what and how they teach in light of the state’s new campus-carry law, which goes into effect Aug. 1. Texas joins seven other states that permit concealed-carry guns on public campuses—Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin. In response, University of Houston Faculty Senate President Jonathan Snow recently suggested that faculty members should avoid discussions on sensitive topics and change their syllabi to avoid riling students.
Teachers and Police really undo a lot of the massive good they do with their CONSTANT patting themselves on the backs proclaiming themselves to be heros.
Police spend most of their time doing traffic citations and breaking up domestic disputes….which is awesome because that swerving drunk needs to be arrested, as does the drunk up the street fighting with his wife at 3am….but they aren’t going to all-out-war with the street gangs, or breaking up the Zeta smuggling ring bringing in underage prostitutes.
And teachers are awesome, I owe a lot of success to both my K-12 schooling as well as my undergrad work…but then they say shit like this:
I was pleased to see that some faculty have pushed back, insisting, as Professor Margot Backus has, that they would not change what they teach. Still, Backus told the Chronicle of Higher Education that she does not know how she would feel should the moment come when there is a confrontation in her classroom.
I know what she means.
WTF are you talking about?
I teach in Arizona, where there are currently no laws allowing guns on campuses, but where those laws have been proposed annually…
…As class was about to end, one white student raised his hand and said: “I just have to say that I wouldn’t mind watching some of those child molesters be lynched.” A black student exploded out of her chair: “Can you hear yourself? Where does it end? That’s the slippery slope that says it’s OK for them to lynch me, my people.”
The white student responded that he hadn’t meant that. I looked at their faces, both angry, both trying to be heard. This was a learning moment, one that happened because all of us felt safe to speak freely.
A few students looked uncomfortable. But it is OK to be uncomfortable. It is in that place between comfort and discomfort that most learning takes place.
Would I have held the same class today if I had known there were possibly guns among some of my students? What would I have been looking for as I guided the conversation about racism and lynching? Would symptoms of discomfort have looked different to me?
Oh you fucking HERO! You were ONLY safe from this heated discussion (that probably had as much threat of violence as I have of growing wings) because your campus bans guns.
Hey, did one of the students just snap and start smashing the other student’s teeth out with his fists? Did anybody use those massive, and amazingly expensive hard-bound text books as an improvised club? Did somebody pull out a knife, or maybe a glass bottle (you know, weapons your campus doesn’t have rules against) and start getting their murder on?
The idea that campus carry is going to turn pretentious debate into a bloodbath is just foolish given there is ALWAYS the possibility of violence in every situation, even when weapons are not available. The fact that stories of kids coming home for fall break with their expensive orthodonture ruined thanks to a lit discussion gone bad isn’t something we EVER hear about tells us all we need to know about campus carry.
And these professors need to shut the fuck up about all this “threat of violence” nonsense, since you don’t see any of them getting curb-stomped with a Birkenstock from an upset student.