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Teachers weigh in on campus weapons

On Oct. 5, the Oregon Court of Appeals declared that Oregon Administrative Rule 580-022-0045 (3) which prohibited firearms on Oregon campuses, was no longer valid, according the KVAL News in Eugene, Ore.

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In March, the Idaho House of Representatives passed a bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho campuses but it was killed in the Senate. Rep. Erik Simpson, who introduced the bill said he isn’t sure whether or not he’ll reintroduce it in 2012.

Last March, Boise State’s faculty Senate voted unanimously in support of policy 1080 in order to keep firearms off campus.

The policy states, “The possession, wearing, carrying, transporting, or use of a firearm or other dangerous weapon, incendiary device, or explosive is strictly forbidden on university owned or controlled premises or vehicles.”

Assistant Professor of Instructional & Performance Technology/COEN Anthony Marker, P.h.D, is a former member of the National Rifle Association (NRA) with an instructor rating as well as an Army National Guard infantry officer ranked as an expert with a rifle.

“… I have a passing familiarity with firearms,” Marker said.

He is against guns on campus for two reasons. He said he feels faculty members would leave and go teach at a gun-free campus and he believes the university is a place for free exchange of ideas and concealed weapons on campus could jeopardize that goal.

“Having more un-uniformed people waving guns around or, God forbid, slinging bullets, in an environment chock-full of innocent bystanders would make it even more difficult for law enforcement officers to respond swiftly and accurately to a violent incident,” Marker said.

Gary Christensen, member of the Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association and an affiliate of NRA, has a different viewpoint. He said he believes someone who has been through an FBI background check and firearms safety training, a requirement of a concealed weapons permit, isn’t someone who should be feared.

“Why wouldn’t a student or faculty member feel comfortable sitting next to a student who is armed?” Christensen asked. His point is there is essentially no difference between university property and the coffee shop across the street, yet, citizens are allowed to carry their concealed weapons there.

Troy Rohn, P.h.D., faculty senate member and professor of biological sciences recognizes citizens’ rights to bear arms, but supports Boise States current “no firearms” policy.

“As a faculty member, we are interacting with students in a stressful environment, where a single grade may determine whether or not they can gain acceptance into a graduate school or professional school setting,” Rohn said. “It is my opinion that such a law would completely change the entire student-faculty interaction, in a negative manner.

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9 Comments on Teachers weigh in on campus weapons

  1. Jason Silva // Oct 20, 2011 at 1:18 pm //

    Why is a university campus any different from any other place permit holders are legally allowed to carry? Whe is Idaho's government going to step in and "help" these universities see that they don't have the legal authority to enforce gun bans on campus? To get the facts, please visit concealedcampus.org.

    • For that matter, when if the federal government going to step in and "help" every state that bans guns on campus, or allows universities to ban them? I seem to recall learning in my U.S. Government class that state law trumps local, and federal trumps state.

  2. What these professors fail to understand is that these rules — enforced only by signs and stickers — only impact the law-abiding citizens who could make a difference in a shooting situation. Stripping the "good guys" of their ability to protect themselves only emboldens the bad guys. If you want a real gun-free zone, get metal detectors and armed guards. Until you can get serious about being gun-free or guarantee my safety, you shouldn't deprive me of my right to protect myself.
    My recent post Boise's elite weigh in. Yes, there is a poll. For the record, being a "former me…

  3. Rights are intrinsic unto individuals and aren't subject to infringement based on arbitrarily defined geographical boundaries.

  4. TheButterZone // Oct 20, 2011 at 3:05 pm //

    It's time campuses stopped being pro-criminal safety, victim defenselessness zones.

  5. if the STATE of Idaho trusts the students enough to issue them a carry permit, the school should trust them enough to allow them to carry.

  6. so what, these professors think that if the law is passed a student is going to cap one in the face for giving them a bad grade? I mean it's a possibility but what's to stop them from doing it now? The magical no gun sign that makes guns vanish while on the campus?

  7. I would like to challenge Dr. Parker to a debate myself. I to am a member of the Nationa Guard, albeit not as high ranking or illustrious in my education as he, but Iwill say one thing; THERE HAS NEVER BEEN A SIGN THAT HAS STOPPED AN ACT OF VIOLENCE!!

  8. Voice of Reason // Oct 20, 2011 at 5:22 pm //

    The "guns-free campus" crowd are the intellectual equivalents of ostriches. They think that if they put their heads in the sand, trust in their cute little no-gun signs, and espouse peace, love, and happiness that the world automatically becomes a safer place.

    If only they were the only ones that will end up having to absorb lead from a bad guy because of their insane policies.

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