It’s hard to believe this issue of allowing guns on campus would even come before the Faculty Senate but it did, thanks to the wisdom of the state legislature. Interestingly, in making Florida one of twenty states to pass such a bill, the legislature didn’t remove the restriction of guns at their meetings or those of any other government agency.
All but one Republican supported the bill; all of the Democrats opposed it. Strangely, the legislation eliminated stun guns and other devices designed solely for defensive purposes making the intent clear—legislators were NOT interested in personal defense; their vote endorsed vigilante action— a concept rejected by wild-westerners decades ago.
All of that aside, you’d think politicians would follow the lead, or at least listen to those closest to the situation, but they failed to respect the fact that:
- State University Presidents OPPOSED the measure.
- State Police Chiefs OPPOSED the measure.
- State University System’s Board of Governors OPPOSED the measure.
On the other side, the National Rifle Association supported the bill. Their lobbyist said it all: “College campuses are gun-free zones, where murders, rapists and shooters can commit crimes without fear of being harmed by their victims.” I spent over thirty years of my career on college campuses and NEVER heard such a definition of university life.
Fact is, deranged individuals do not follow normal logical patterns; they have no feelings for their victims nor fear of the police. And now, they’re protected by the National Rifle Association.
By the university faculty? YES!
By the legislature in Florida? NO WAY!
By the National Rifle Association? NOT EVEN CLOSE!
Well, that’s my opinion – – – what’s yours?