Arming Professors? Has He Ever Been To A Faculty Meeting?
by Stuart Shapiro
In response to shootings at Virginia Tech, Del. Bob Marshall wants to drop the ban on professors carrying concealed weapons on campus.
Marshall claims his bill could prevent another tragedy like the 2007 Virginia Tech shooting, presumably by enabling some heroic cultural anthropology professor to emerge from his office and gun down an assailant. The facts, however, do not agree with Marshall that concealed firearms prevent crime — indeed, they say the opposite.
Aside from the facts cited by Think Progress, the idea of my academic colleagues carrying guns terrifies me. I would definitely be much more cautious the next time a heated argument about what counts as a statistics class breaks out at a departmental meeting.Click here for reuse options!
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