I’ve been exchanging emails with a student at St. Mary’s who’s in a position to know about the school’s anti-gun art diktat. They figured they could live with the no pictures of scary gun-shaped controllers on their posters, but in response, they offered free admission to Friday night’s NES gaming get-together to anyone who shows up with a deadly Mark III doppleganger Nintendo Zapper. And that’s when the administration made like Dean Wormer and put its foot down . . .
“SMUSA has banned us from having Zappers at the event, their reasoning is that ‘The police may arrest someone and then our school looks bad.'” Only having been to Canuckistan a few times, it would seem to us that detaining a young scholar on his way to an evening of vintage gaming with a gun-shaped controller would reflect more poorly on the arresting officer than on SMU. But that’s just us.
Anyway, my student contact will be delivering a virtual pressed moon to the powers that be, pledging to go out of his/her way to to pick up a copy of Duck Hunt for Friday’s festivities. Guess that’s all that’s left of speaking truth to power on campuses in the great white north these days.