A two-year-old post is getting a lot of visits this week, probably because legislation to permit guns on college campuses has been in the news. At the private university where I'm on the clinical staff, the greatest concern about easy access to guns would be the possibility of depressed students impulsively taking their own lives while in an intoxicated funk.
Anyway, here's the old post.
Bearing Arms On College Campuses
Today's New York Times ran a front page story about students seeking the right to carry guns on public college campuses.
Something else I ran across today:
“No student shall, within the precincts of the University, introduce, keep or use any spirituous or vinous liquors, keep or use weapons or arms of any kind, or gunpowder, keep a servant, horse or dog, appear in school with a stick, or any weapon …"
That was the rule when the University of Virginia was founded by Thomas Jefferson.
I don't present this as an argument for or against the right to carry at college, but I wonder why they forbade any weapon of any kind on the campus. Not even a stick was permitted. Didn't they recognize the need for self-defense in Latin class?