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Tuesday, February 24, 2015


Nice quote. Personally , I think the risk of suicides during first episode mood disorders and drunken brawls or maudlin suicides because of college romances gone sour are good reasons for abiding by its prohibitions.

On the other hand, I believe that one of the cases that elicited this recent push for the right to carry on campus was a fairly horrific instance of a young woman being stalked on campus and literally terrified for her life. When a person feels that they aren't adequately protected by police or school security forces, what are they supposed to do?. But there is a curious unwillingness by many universities today to deny the real threats posed by certain predatory men on their campuses these days. They don't want to admit it, because if something dreadful happens, parents will say 'You KNEW and something happened , so now you're liable." Whereas if they deny and something happens, they can just say "Oh, we didn't realise...how tragic..."

I think the group of things restricted is meaningful -- ie, no student shall, by any means, set himself above other students.

It is not a statement against weapons so much as it a statement for egalitarianism in the learning environment.

In Rot, Riot, and Rebellion: Mr. Jefferson's Struggle to Save the University that Changed America (unwieldy title), Authors Bowman and Santos write about the early days of the University of Virginia and the plantation owners' sons who attended. It was a violent place. The prohibition of weapons was to protect the professors, several of whom had been physically attacked by students. Students ignored the rules and UofV was not able to control the violence until the University's Honor System was adopted in 1842.


A good read. Read it a few months ago and posted on it.


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