[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]There exists within the leftist mindset a notion that those who possess or have access to firearms will use them at the drop of a hat. Liberals rage against concealed carry, open carry and campus carry and assert, “We cannot possibly have people with guns walking around!”[/vc_column_text][banner300 banner=”5517620b381df”][vc_column_text]The reality is that in many states, that is exactly what is happening. Go to crowded restaurant in a “free” state (a state that offers shall-issue concealed carry permits) and you will, undoubtedly, be in the presence of a firearm. How often do shoot-outs erupt in these restaurants?
Still, a Texas college professor recently penned an op-ed espousing an opinion which, I’m sure, she felt was novel: that students who are allowed to carry weapons on campus will use those weapons to extort higher grades.
Jessica Gullion, an assistant professor of sociology at Texas Woman’s University, warned in a recent op-ed for Newsweek that we may see higher GPAs on campuses with guns as students bully their teachers into better grades via firearms.
“Will we soon see a new sort of grade inflation, with students earning a 4.0 GPA with their firepower rather than brainpower?” Gullion wrote.
“Allowing students to carry weapons to class strips off a layer of safety,” she wrote in her article. “Students are often emotional and can be volatile when it comes to their GPAs. Who would want to give a student a low grade and then get shot for it?”
Of all the asinine arguments for gun control, this has got to be the most-reaching.
“We can answer that question with a simple, ‘No.’ But for those paying for their kids’ college educations, consider that this is what passes for academic discussion of firearms policy in today’s institutions of higher learning. In this regard, it joins a tradition that includes calling for the death of NRA members’ children, insisting that campus carry is tantamount to blaming women for their own victimization, threatening to cancel class over the lawful carrying of guns, and reporting a student to police for giving an in-class speech on campus carry.
Gullion’s arguments about heated exchanges escalating into gun-fueled carnage are similarly divorced from reality and logic. In nearly every state that has a Right-to-Carry law, as the measure was being debated, gun control advocates frantically predicted scenarios of Wild West-type shootouts in the streets. This, of course, has not come to pass. Instead, modern America’s proliferation of firearms and lawful public carry have coincided with historically low rates of violent crime…
Gullion additionally labors under the false impression that legal and administrative restrictions on campus carry help to prevent a person intent on committing violence from acting on those plans. To the contrary, those willing to break the law to commit the kind of heinous violence Gullion fears will hardly be deterred by the potential consequences of carrying in a designated gun-free zone. Rather, they’re more likely to gravitate toward targets where they would expect not to meet armed resistance. Gullion inadvertently illustrates as much, citing three shootings that occurred at supposedly gun-free campuses. To put it in sociological terms, laws creating gun-free zones are useless talismans that have an illogical reverence among the social category known as academics. Is groupthink the culprit?
Those who intend to commit murder do not worry about such silly things as laws concerning concealed carry. Lives are not saved by “gun-free zones” but are, rather, endangered by the advertising of defenseless citizens.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]