I take it all back

I think in the last 48 hours I have come around on the issue of campus carry.  It might in fact be a bad idea.

On principle, I believe that every law abiding citizen in entitled to the right to defend themselves.  It is a natural right, a primordial right.  The gazelle has horns to defend itself from the lion, the porcupine has quills to defend itself from the coyote, I have a gun to defend myself from who or what wants to do me harm.

In practicality, college students in the last couple of days have proven to me that they shouldn’t have so much as crayons and safety scissors.  Owning and carrying a gun is a big responsibility.  These kids have demonstrated a level of emotional and intellectual vacuousness that is causing time and space to warp around them.

Students at Yale, the No. 3 college in the country, are protesting and pitching a hissy fit because the wife of a dean of one of the colleges at Yale had the audacity to suggest in an email that maybe the school shouldn’t be policing what students wear for Halloween and that students had the right to express themselves.  This is how one student described the response to an email defending the right to freedom of expression:

“I have had to watch my friends defend their right to this institution. This email and the subsequent reaction to it have interrupted their lives. I have friends who are not going to class, who are not doing their homework, who are losing sleep, who are skipping meals, and who are having breakdowns.”

Let that sink in… students, at the No. 3 college in America… kids who are supposed to grow up to be Congressmen, Senators, and captains of industry are losing sleep and having breakdown because of an email that said “Is there no room anymore for a child or young person to be a little bit obnoxious… a little bit inappropriate or provocative or, yes, offensive?”   If this is the standard for behavior at the No. 3 college in America (I’m gonna keep driving that point home), what should my expectations be for the kids that come in below that.

The answer is … worse.  So there are were three – at least two of which were unconfirmed – reports of racist activity on the campus of the Univerity of Missouri.  The student body had been protesting for days and forced the resignation of the college president.  From this there have been rumors spreading of every bit of hostile activity on campus, the Klan showing up, etc.  None of which have been proven true.

One professor decided not to cancel class and continue with a scheduled exam.  He emailed his students with the message: “If you give into bullies, they win. The only way bullies are defeated is by standing up to them.”  He is right of course.  For the transgression of believing that his students were made of sterner stuff, he was savaged online and resigned while his character was impugned by the media.

Emboldened by the kerfuffle at Mizzou, students at Ithaca College are protesting for the resignation of their president for… reasons that I can hardly understand since it didn’t seem like anything actually happened there.  And the students of the University of Michigan are protesting in solidarity with the students from Mizzou and are causing havoc just because they can.

Speaking of solidarity for a moment, why does it not surprise me that the same people protesting for safe spaces on college campuses are also in solidarity with the Palestinians and anti-Israel anti-Semites (note the “Boycott Israel” bag)?

UM protest

Here’s the thing.  I live in Alabama.  In 1963, black students faced attack dogs, fire hoses, and police with night sticks for the right to go to class.  They went face to face with ACTUAL Klansmen, screaming n****r in their faces, for the right to go into a lecture hall, listen to a professor, and take a test.  Today, the hoax of an unconfirmed rumor about the KKK on campus makes these students demand a professor be fired for not canceling class.  This is so far past irony it is headlong into insanity.

These kids broke me.  I want to trust them as adults.  They are old enough to drive, old enough to vote, old enough to go to war.  But after all this, I can’t trust them with anything more intellectually challenging than a sticker book.

(I’d of normally said coloring book, but I’m afraid it would be a micro-aggression against the color blind and people who can’t color inside the lines and they will go on Twitter and threaten to burn down my house.)

And speaking of sterner stuff, civil rights, bravery, and gun rights.  Here is a picture of Charleston Heston, the former president of the NRA, of “from my cold dead hands” fame, marching on Washington D.C. for Civil Rights in 1963. Fo those who love to call the NRA racist, there is our former president putting his career and personal safety on the line to take a stand for civil rights.

Charlton Heston and Harry Belafonte appear with Marlon Brando, who embraces James Baldwin, author and civil rights leader, in front of the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington demonstration ceremonies on August 28, 1963.
Charlton Heston and Harry Belafonte appear with Marlon Brando, who embraces James Baldwin, author and civil rights leader, in front of the Lincoln statue at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington demonstration ceremonies on August 28, 1963.

9 Replies to “I take it all back”

  1. I’m hoping the students we’ve seen in the press recently are just outliers with loud voices, and that maybe the bulk of them are still relatively sane.




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  2. Odd, my alma mater, a medium sized state university in South Georgia, where one would think race would be a huge issue is having no such problems.

    Shoot, I got an email from the alumni relations chair of ye olde Fraternity that we were taking APA, a historically black sorority, to homecoming and that we had been paired with a Hispanic sorority for the can food drive.

    Now granted, while I majored in political science and sorority girls, I reckon that an institution that prides itself on engineering, health services, football, and a world class ROTC program probably doesn’t have time to worry about who dressed as what for Halloween.




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    1. Having attended several Institutes of Technology myself, yes, this attitude seems to be concentrated at liberal arts colleges. Furthermore, nearly every time I met a professor who was a Republican, he/she taught a hard science or non-software engineering.




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      1. Even most of the software enginering professors and almost all of the students in my university career were pretty conservative. On the other hand, even in the one Political Science class I took, the proff. took the time to explain exactly what was wrong with Marxist philosophy and why it could never work.




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  3. the sticker book/coloring book thing… it’s good that I wasn’t drinking anything at the time, otherwise you’d owe me a monitor and keyboard at the very least. well done good sir.




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  4. In an odd sort of way, this kind of campus activism is in itself racist. They are dis-empowering minorities and turning them into damsels to be rescued by the Mighty White SJW Saviors.




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  5. White NRA guy declines to stand up for black people’s civil rights == RACISM!!!!

    White NRA guy stands with black people demanding their civil rights == RACIST MICROAGGRESSION!!1!!! (it implies he doesn’t believe they can get it on their own)

    Help them out, and you’re racist for assuming they need your help. Help the other guy(s) out, and you’re racist for working against the cause. Suggest a viable third option, and you’re a racist appeaser. Heck, if you do nothing and mind your own business, you’re a racist enabler of the status quo.

    You cannot win with these “people” (using the term loosely). They will be outraged, no matter what you do or don’t do.




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  6. I think a lot of the college kids nowadays were brought up by the anti’s way of thinking that rights are not that important and shouldn’t be fought for.The kids are given no responsibilities when growing up like they used to be, so when any responsibilities are asked of them they don’t want them.I think racism is kept a live by the pie holes of the ignorant that don’t want things to change.I also don’t think it should have been ever a thought of arming students because of up bringing these days it should have always been the teachers and heads that were specially trained to carry for protection of the students.




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