This is a discussion on Wanted: A culture of self-defense within the The Second Amendment & Gun Legislation Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; Wanted: A culture of self-defense By Michelle Malkin Wednesday, April 18, 2007 Link There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and ...
Wanted: A culture of self-defense
By Michelle Malkin
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
There's no polite way or time to say it: American colleges and universities have become coddle industries. Big Nanny administrators oversee speech codes, segregated dorms, politically correct academic departments and designated "safe spaces" to protect students selectively from hurtful (conservative) opinions -- while allowing mob rule for approved leftist positions (textbook case: Columbia University's anti-Minuteman Project protesters).
Instead of teaching students to defend their beliefs, American educators shield them from vigorous intellectual debate. Instead of encouraging autonomy, our higher institutions of learning stoke passivity and conflict-avoidance.
And as the erosion of intellectual self-defense goes, so goes the erosion of physical self-defense.
Yesterday morning, as news was breaking about the carnage at Virginia Tech, a reader e-mailed me a news story from last January. State legislators in Virginia had attempted to pass a bill that would have eased handgun restrictions on college campuses. Opposed by outspoken, anti-gun activists and Virginia Tech administrators, that bill failed.
Is it too early to ask: "What if?" What if that bill had passed? What if just one student in one of those classrooms had been in lawful possession of a concealed weapon for the purpose of self-defense?
If it wasn't too early for Keystone Katie Couric to be jumping all over campus security yesterday for what they woulda/coulda/shoulda done in the immediate aftermath of the shooting, and if it isn't too early for The New York Times editorial board to be publishing its knee-jerk call for more gun control, it darned well isn't too early for me to raise questions about how the unrepentant anti-gun lobbying of college officials may have put students at risk.
The back story: Virginia Tech had punished a student for bringing a handgun to class last spring -- despite the fact that the student had a valid concealed handgun permit. The bill would have barred public universities from making "rules or regulations limiting or abridging the ability of a student who possesses a valid concealed handgun permit . . . from lawfully carrying a concealed handgun." After the proposal died in subcommittee, the school's governing board reiterated its ban on students or employees carrying guns and prohibiting visitors from bringing them into campus buildings.
Late last summer, a shooting near campus prompted students to clamor again for loosening campus rules against armed self-defense. Virginia Tech officials turned up their noses. In response to student Bradford Wiles's campus newspaper op-ed piece in support of concealed carry on campus, Virginia Tech Associate Vice President Larry Hincker scoffed:
"[I]t is absolutely mind-boggling to see the opinions of Bradford Wiles. . . . The editors of this page must have printed this commentary if for no other reason than malicious compliance. Surely, they scratched their heads saying, 'I can't believe he really wants to say that.' Wiles tells us that he didn't feel safe with the hundreds of highly trained officers armed with high powered rifles encircling the building and protecting him. He even implies that he needed his sidearm to protect himself . . ."
Hincker continued: "The writer would have us believe that a university campus, with tens of thousands of young people, is safer with everyone packing heat. Imagine the continual fear of students in that scenario. We've seen that fear here, and we don't want to see it again. . . . Guns don't belong in classrooms. They never will. Virginia Tech has a very sound policy preventing same."
Who's scratching his head now, Mr. Hincker?
Some high-handed commentators insist it's premature or unseemly to examine the impact of school rules discouraging students from carrying arms on campus. Pundit Andrew Sullivan complained that it was "creepy" to highlight reader e-mails calling attention to Virginia Tech's restrictions on student self-defense -- even as the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence rushed to capitalize on the massacre to sign up new members and gather e-mail addresses for Million Mom March chapters. "We are outraged by the increase in gun violence in America, especially the recent shooting at Virginia Tech," reads the online petition. "Add your name to the growing list of people who are saying: 'Enough Is Enough!'"
Enough is enough, indeed. Enough of intellectual disarmament. Enough of physical disarmament. You want a safer campus? It begins with renewing a culture of self-defense -- mind, spirit and body. It begins with two words: Fight back.
Blessed be the Lord my rock who trains my hands for war and my fingers for battle. Psalm 144:1
Si vis pacem, para bellum
You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
Ego will kill you. Leave it at home.
Can I get a Amen
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I would like to think we might see a sea change - but won't hold my breath.Enough is enough, indeed. Enough of intellectual disarmament. Enough of physical disarmament.
Chris - P95
NRA Certified Instructor & NRA Life Member.
"To own a gun and assume that you are armed
is like owning a piano and assuming that you are a musician!."
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That being able to see a sea of change could turn into disaster depending on which way the tide ends up running (To follow the theme). That's the part that scares me.
EOD - Initial success or total failure
I remember reading a book a few years back, it was called something like "The dumbing down of America". I thought it made some good points, but it was a little odd... at the time. I even echoed agreed thought of the author, but now it is coming to the surface for everyone to see. I think this might be a milestone of a new era, or will it be ignored and swept away like incidents in the past?
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"fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen." [Warren v. District of Columbia,(D.C. Ct. of Ap., 1981)]
If I have to explain it, you wouldn't understand
Great Article. I wish there were more media people who thinks that way she does.
I wonder if anyone is going to try and sue for not allowing CCW on campus. That would be very interesting.
I think that the students and teachers, should have the option to carry if they are licensed to do so elsewhere. Had only one person been armed...
Now though, look at it in the light that nobody rushed the gunman, nobody used any of the weapons readily available in the class rooms, ie: chairs, computer towers, books, themselves. What if 20 people would have rushed him, a few would have been shot but not all. I still don't see how one person could have killed so many with so little resistance. America has become a culture of followers with no leaders. Gone are the days of thinking, here are the days of book smart and no common sense.
As for if everyone could carry, the killer could have carried too so I don't know how that would play out in the gun debate.
I usually don't care for Michelle Malkin very much, but she was 100% spot on in this one.
"Just call 911 and let the police handle it". Well, we all saw how the huge number of police on the VT campus were able to prevent additional deaths after the initial call.
It is obvious that the only way to insure your personal safety is to do it personally! Self-important idiots make rules that get people killed. They need to be held accountable!!
"If we loose Freedom here, there's no place to escape to. This is the Last Place on Earth!" Ronald Reagan
Ms. Malkin is one of the few around who has a widely heard voice but uses it to enunciate reason!
Gotta love her.