Tilting at Windmills


Earlier today, I gave my unsolicited opinion on the question of the right to carry firearms on college campuses. In doing so, I focused exclusively on college students, and I was called on my apparent condescension: there are many college students who do in fact flush the toilet and/or look both ways before crossing the street, and who are responsible young adults in many other ways. While I still do not believe that guns should be allowed on college campuses (in the possession of either students or faculty), it’s not just about the students. Well, it is, but not in the way I made it about the students in my last post.

So, forget going for the laugh, which really served little purpose beyond riling up the choir. I’m going to do two things:

1) I’m re-posting this little nugget, written in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook shooting two and a half years ago. This is where I stand on the question of guns and gun rights.

2) I’m going to rethink my post from earlier today, ditch the sarcasm, and try to carefully lay out the reasons for which I feel the way I do about guns on campus. Where does my right to self-protection butt up against others’ right to be protected? Do measures that make us feel safe really make us safe, or is it an illusion with consequences we can’t understand until it’s far too late?

Enough. Please read…

Just a Thought


Dear Texas State Legislature:

          Anyone who’s ever been on a college campus during finals week should know that arming students is a bad, bad idea. These people are chronically incapable of looking both ways before crossing the street, and we want to empower them to decide who’s the bad guy–in a room full of thirty people who might all be packing heat? If they’re not mature enough to flush the toilet, they aren’t ready to be a hero.

Your friend,
Potential Target Practice