Baa Ram U. hit the front page of the Denver Post this morning with an article about the ban on guns that Public Safety and the President’s Cabinet have recommended. The students disagree, although the article does a very poor job of actually talking to students or showing any proof of this beyond the assertions by leaders of the Associated Students of Baa Ram U. (I’m not saying they’re dishonest, I’m saying that the reporting for this story is lazy.)
The ASCSU student senate tonight is likely to pass a resolution that asks CSU president Tony Frank to keep current policy, which adheres to the state’s concealed-weapons law. It allows someone with a concealed-weapons permit to carry a handgun almost anywhere on campus.
Only in residence halls are weapons forbidden.
Frank will weigh the ASCSU vote in deciding whether to form a different weapons law for the university, said CSU spokesman Brad Bohlander.
Currently, 23 states allow public campuses or state systems to decide their own weapons policies, with nearly all choosing to be “gun-free,” according to the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
CSU is one of the rare exceptions, deciding in 2003 to follow the state’s concealed-weapons law. The ASCSU points out that concealed weapons have been allowed at Blue Ridge Community College in Virginia since 1995 and at Michigan State University since June.
Longtime readers already know what I think about guns on campus. They sure as hell don’t make me feel any safer! But, it doesn’t really matter if guns are “banned” or permitted in classrooms, labs, libraries, and various public spaces on our campus. Unless the university is going to install security details and metal detectors at the entrances of each and every building, this proposed “ban” is entirely rhetorical.
I think it’s hillarious that I could be apprehended by campus police for lighting up a cigarette in my office or in class for exposing my students to all of that bad, bad, dangerous secondhand smoke, but it’s all nice’n’legal for me to walk around with a concealed handgun.
(Takes out a pack of cigarettes, and smacks it on her desk to release one. Lights it, inhales, and exhales. . . )