As the debate over campus carry rages in the Lone Star State, a lot has been said about collegiate spree killers at Virginia Tech and elsewhere. By framing the debate on the black swan of death example, neither side seems to “get it.” College campuses are home to all sorts of criminal behavior, from simple theft all the way up to aggravated assault, rape and murder. theranger.org shines a little light on one of the dangers facing San Antonio College students. Specifically (although not exclusively) women. Specifically (although not exclusively) the possibility of falling afoul of a registered sex offender. To wit: “Dr. Robert Vela, vice president of student affairs, said there are seven convicted sex offenders enrolled at this college . . .
According to the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Records Service, there are 11 sex offenders on this campus and 30 sex offenders attending Alamo Colleges aside from Northeast Lakeview College, which is not listed in their records yet . . . Within the 78212 ZIP code surrounding this college, there are 101 registered sex offenders listed.
Not to mention all the local sex offenders who have not been caught, tried and convicted. If this post is any indication, San Antonio College’s attitude towards sex offenders is tolerant to the point of self-delusion. In fact, Vela’s comments remind me of the bit in The Wrong Trousers where Wallace says “Everything is under control”—just before everything goes completely out of control.
Except this is much, much worse. How would you feel if your daughter was enrolled as a Freshman at San Antonio? Would YOU want her to carry a Smith & Wesson 642, per chance? (I’d prefer she’d carry something more substantial, but you get my drift.)
“Sex offenders are here and will continue to be here,” Vela said. “We just need to be proactive and make sure when they are here, they’re here to study and learn and then go home.”
Vela said that student sex offenders can be involved in whatever school activities they desire as long as it does not violate probation, but the college doesn’t have the authority to make the decision. The judge does.
Vela said on campus, students should take precautions and protect themselves against any type of potential danger.
Vela, who does not have a concealed handgun license but owns guns for hunting, said he supports protecting oneself with a gun off campus in students’ vehicles.
So it’s OK to carry OFF campus in your car, but not ON campus? Seriously y’all, armed self-defense is a constitutional right that doesn’t stop at the campus gates. In fact, it sounds like a great place for it to start.
[Chief Don] Adams said no weapons are allowed on campus, but pepper spray is allowed.
“We are not a prison; we are a college,” he said. “We want to give everyone an opportunity for an education.”
Psychology Chair Thomas E. Billimek, Ph.D., said, “As a society, we aren’t sure how to handle persons who have broken the law.”
But he said that it’s not uncommon that sex offenders have been molested themselves.
“We believe in second chances,” Vela said.
Gambling with my daughter’s lives? No thanks. San Antonio is right off the list.