A former president of the college said that it has only one unarmed security officer and that the community decided against armed guards last year. “I suspect this is going to start a discussion across the country about how community colleges prepare themselves for events like this,” Joe Olson told CBS.(emphasis added)
College and University Administrators are scrambling for a safe place in the face of an oncoming firestorm of protest against collegiate rules forbidding self-defense on campus, and at least one former Oregon Administrator has pulled his head out of his Academia to ask: "Is this going to hurt my career?"
Dear Joe, and all the oh-so-Academic-Joes who have been making life-altering decisions for your students for the past century:
Well ... yes. There probably will be a 'discussion across the country' about this. Except that the discussion has been going on for DECADES! This is merely the first indication that someone in Academia might notice it. (You sanctimonious bastards!)
For starters, you (and other college/university presidents -- past and present) might want to rethink your policy against CHL (Concealed Handgun License) holders. Currently, I'm not aware of a single college or university which will not terminate an employee, or remove a student, who carries a firearm on campus.
This policy is in direct contravention of Oregon State Law, which allows CHL owners to carry concealed without legal penalty.
You guys, in your academic robes and your academic halos, were worried about liabilities if a 'gun nut' goes crazy on campus and you let him do it. Well, guess what? One did, and your administrative rules didn't dissuade him. In fact, your rules only insured that there would be NOBODY there to stop him, because only honest people obey the rules.
Don't Worry, Mister Former President ... nothing will be said about the blind spot in academia in regards to CHL holders. (Haven't you guys noticed the "Empty Holster" protests which have been going on for years on your campi?) Well, nothing that the public hasn't been saying for years. It's not like somebody is going to be so crass as to mutter something about 'hens coming home to roost'.
Oh, did I say that out loud? Guess so. Okay, so I'll finish the thought:
I sincerely hope that the presidents (past and present) of every college and university in the state of Oregon (and I would include the Chancellor of the Oregon University System, if they hadn't closed their shop at the end of June, 2015) are personally sued by the families of every deceased victim, and by those victims who were "only" wounded, until you and all your cronies wind up working the drive-in window at Burger King.