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I just read this online and decided to post it:

COMMENTARY: Guns have no place in classrooms
Brandon Wilson
Issue date: 3/1/07 Section: Opinion
There are some things we as students never expect to see in a classroom. Things that are not a natural fit in that environment. I thought one of those things was a firearm of any kind. But, apparently I was wrong.

I was in a sociology class not long ago and noticed that an off-duty Bowling Green police officer was in the room. He was in his full uniform, including his utility belt, gun in holster.

Just thinking about it now, I am still in shock. A gun in a classroom! This is by far the dumbest thing I have seen as a Western student. There is no excuse for this. I do not care that he is an officer.

I was discussing this with some of my classmates and I am convinced that there is no logical reasoning for this officer to have his gun.

First of all, lets say he doesn't get out of class until 30 minutes before he is supposed to be at work. I don't care. If he can't find a place to lock his gun up until he is on duty, then he should reschedule his classes so that he gives himself more time.

Someone even argued that if something happened he could provide protection. Well, what if it happened to him? Now there is a gun in the room and anyone has access to it. If it were someone with a knife, then now the situation has become much more dangerous. God forbid it was a person with another gun, because now that person has more ammo.

This is a school. Have we all forgotten about what happens with guns in classrooms? I cannot think of one good thing that has happened with a gun in that environment, but a number of tragedies do come to mind.

The least of my concerns about this is that a gun in a classroom does not create the type of relaxed atmosphere that students desire in the classroom. There is no way that a gun will ever comfort me while I am trying to learn about Karl Marx's views on society.

And I am not even opposed to people owning guns. For all I care, an individual could own a fully automatic assault rifle and be using it for spotlighting herds of deer. As long as you keep it away from me in public settings, then fine.

This officer was obviously off duty at the time and did not have to be fully equipped. If he cannot arrange his work and school schedules in a more conducive way, then he should drop a class.

From what I understand, it's the law, not Western's policy, that says it's OK for an off-duty officer to carry his weapon if he chooses to do so. I understand the law, and I still disagree.

Our university buildings are supposed to be firearm-free. That rule should not change just because a person has a badge on their chest, unless they are there on official police business.

This was an idiotic sight to behold, and I never thought this was something I would ever have to write about. There was no excuse for this individual to be in possession of that firearm at that time. I do not care about any issues in this individual's personal life that might have made it a hindrance for him to have not brought his gun. Billy club, fine; pepper spray, fine; handcuffs, fine; but a firearm, no.

If I see this again I will have to address it with the department head. I pay my tuition to come to school here, and at the very least I should have the guarantee of a safe and relaxed study environment.

Simply put, under no circumstances should I ever see a gun in a classroom. Leave it behind. I do not care what you do with it, but do not bring it into a room full of people who are concentrated on achieving higher learning.

Brandon Wilson is a senior news/editorial journalism major from Nashville.

The opinions expressed in this commentary do not reflect the opinions of the Herald or the university.

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You are going to be happy he is there with his gun if another Dylan Kelbold and Eric Harris show up!
 

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I agree with him. Why should an officer be allowed to carry in a school, and I am prohibited? Why is someone who is a public servant be allowed to carry, when the people who he works for cannot.

This is a school. Have we all forgotten about what happens with guns in classrooms? I cannot think of one good thing that has happened with a gun in that environment, but a number of tragedies do come to mind.
Maybe if more LEGAL citizens were able to carry in classrooms, you would be able to think of "one good thing that has happened with a gun in that environment". Heck, even my wife, who was very opposed to my carrying, has grown so accustomed to it that she doesn't bat an eye when I strap on before I go anywhere. Now we're planning on getting her GFL, just goes to show you what some good exposure can do.

*clarification* My wife grew up in the mountians of Kentucky, firearms have always been a part of here life. Just with the birth of our son, she got a little anti-me-carrying-a-gun.
 

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There is no way that a gun will ever comfort me while I am trying to learn about Karl Marx's views on society.
That says enough to me right there... Funny he should pick that particular individual to mention. Bet he leans toward Marx's opinions too.

I also find it amusing that he has no problems seeing a gun anywhere else on a LEO but as soon as it comes into the classroom it becomes a danger to him. Guess it's just like when one of us walks into Outback for a steak with our gun on us. They server beer there so we instantly turn into blood crazed killers. :?
 

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Reading that tripe gave me a headache.
 

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If I was a cop, I'd carry a firearm with me 24/7, on-duty or not. Cops can easily make a long list of enemies. Just because he is off duty and in a classroom doesn't mean some thug will wait until he goes on duty to exact revenge.

I guess this never occurred to the student editor.
 

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And I am not even opposed to people owning guns. For all I care, an individual could own a fully automatic assault rifle and be using it for spotlighting herds of deer.
This student may be salvageable.
 

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What a pussy! If one of my doughters had brought someone like this wimp home to meet me, I would have kicked both of them out!

OK, that was an exageration. But, at the risk of repeating my self, what a complete pussy this guy is! I'm ashamed he and I share the same XY chromosones...

Oh yeah, this site really does need a spell checker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Macktee said:
What a pussy! If one of my doughters had brought someone like this wimp home to meet me, I would have kicked both of them out!
no disagreements there. no self respecting female would be caught with a guy that has more estrogen than her :2cents:

someday I will tell ya'll my about my requirements for men list! :)
 

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Disturbing. I think our society as a whole would be much better off if logic and critical thinking were basic elements of every university's curriculum.
 

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geaux_tigers said:
. . . if logic and critical thinking were basic elements of every university's curriculum.
A few are doing our best to introduce formal logic as part of the GPDO curriculum! :D
 

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Oh ... wait a sec ... it makes sense now!

Brandon Wilson is a senior news/editorial journalism major from Nashville.
 

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Malum Prohibitum said:
[quote="geaux_tigers":3fahplml] . . . if logic and critical thinking were basic elements of every university's curriculum.
A few are doing our best to introduce formal logic as part of the GPDO curriculum! :D[/quote:3fahplml]

Sign me up! =D>
 

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My logic professor in college quit on the day of the final. He just did not show up.

The administration said he called from the airport.

The other students vocally blamed me.
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