Last year, a brace of Gonzaga University students defended themselves against an intruder with a firearm. They did so from inside University-owned off-campus housing. Where weapons are strictly verboten. To eliminate any confusion amongst residents looking to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms on University property in the future, Gonzaga has installed blue signs identifying off-campus properties as . . .
. . . gun-free zones. The new blue signs don’t convey the “rob this house without fear of retaliation” message overtly, but they might as well.
Strangely, or not, University officials see the “no guns” clarification as an excellent way to increase student safety. Check out this killer quote from Gonzaga University Vice President of Student Development Judi Biggs Garbuio:
From the administration perspective, better communication is always a good thing.
“I think also with the continuation of the gun violence in schools, I think more students are appreciating the fact that there are no guns on campus,” Garbuio said. “They feel a sense of security and safety knowing that we banned them.”
Once again, I’d like to point out there’s a big difference from feeling safe and secure and being safe and secure. I know which one is more important, but I don’t live in an ivory tower, or a property owned by an ivory tower’s denizens. Unfortunately, tens of thousands of our children do.