Although I’m a Tufts grad, I’m not particularly intelligent. So I couldn’t make head nor tails of this [via insidehighered.com]: “Chanting, ‘Gun-free UT. Make it safe for you and me,’ and, ‘Guns are not a teaching tool. They do not belong in school,’ more than 200 attendees at the Modern Language Association’s annual meeting marched to the Texas Capitol Friday to protest the state’s new ‘campus carry’ law.” How would banning legally held guns make UT safer? Also, beer isn’t a teaching tool either. Why do suds belong in school? Anyway, here’s the 411 on the image above . . .
After the speeches, attendees streamed out of the hotel and marched eight blocks on Congress Avenue to reach the Capitol and then marched to the entry for more speeches.
At the Capitol, protest organizers made a circle of books to create what they called “a circle of safety” that should exist in classrooms where literature is discussed.
I’m sure that the survivors of the Virginia Tech massacre would agree that a “circle of safety” should exist in classrooms, protecting students from harm, no matter what’s being taught. If they thought about it, I’m sure they’d realize that gun control laws can no more create this circular “safe space” than a poorly constructed ring of books.
To quote the great philosopher Wayne LaPierre, the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. To which I would humbly add that, short of death, the only thing that stops a bad guy from getting a gun is incarceration. And sometimes not even that.