Want to smoke pot in public at the University of Colorado today? Move along, and never mind the fish fertilizer, especially if you don’t have a CU i.d. to prove that you’re a member of the campus community. But of course, if you’re armed to the teeth with handguns and shotguns of your choosing, campus denizens and members of the public alike are always welcome on our state university campuses! (And for now anyway, students at CU can even keep their guns in their dorm rooms. Awesome!!!)
Think about this for a moment: a district court judge has ruled that a public university may ban all non-students and non-employees from a public university campus today, just because the admin says so, whereas other courts have ruled that public universities have no right to forbid anyone–students, faculty, staff, and the general public–from campus with a gun, so long as it’s permitted.
What do you think the state legislators and pols who manufactured this paradox were smoking?
So long as we’re arbitrarily kicking people off of public university campuses, can I get the angry, disheveled, and usually anti-gay street preachers banned from Baa Ram U.? Their thinking is just as disordered as their appearance. (Some of them look like the former jocks that they are, clean-shaven and turning to stout, while a surprising number of them have crazy long beards and some of them bring their collection of young wives and fair-haired babies and toddlers along for the show. Seriously.) I fail to see how they add much to the exchange of ideas on campus. More importantly, I believe that these men (and of course, they’re always men) are creating a hostile learning and working environment for my LGBTQ students and colleagues.
Maybe I should just start a gun club for gay students. Lavender, locked, and loaded, babies!