Monday, April 16, 2007
Quote of the Day
"I think it's fair to say that we believe guns don't belong in the classroom," Hincker said. "In an academic environment, we believe you should be free from fear."
Jowyk began researching his law school's gun policy following the January incident in which a disgruntled student at Appalachian Law School, Peter Odighizuwa, allegedly shot and killed the school's dean, a professor and a student on campus before being subdued by two armed students, Mikael Gross and Tracy Bridges.
Gross and Bridges reportedly ran to their cars to fetch their own guns and returned to confront Odighizuwa, who surrendered after allegedly initiating a fistfight.
Jowyk was heartened by the students' intervention. But looking into GMU's gun policy, Jowyk found to his dismay that the school's board of visitors had in 1995 passed a ban on all weapons, concealed or otherwise, except by law enforcement officials.
Anyone who violates the school's gun ban would face administrative repercussions but not criminal charges, according to Jowyk.
"I support the 2nd Amendment, BUT..."Bookworm has a lively discussion of the shooting in Virginia.
As VCDL president Philip Van Cleave always says: when you hear those words, watch out for what comes next.
In this case, it wasn't a politician playing semantics, but a college student who, presumably, can't do too much damage. His comments came following a debate on Virginia Tech's weapons ban; even students with a valid Virginia concealed carry permit face expulsion if caught with a gun on campus.
The students got a lesson in the disadvantages of disarmament recently when a Blacksburg jail inmate grabbed a deputy's gun, shot him and a hospital guard, then became the object of a manhunt for the next several hours. Virginia Tech students were instructed to huddle and cower in their dorms, missing the first day of class.