Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Concealed carry makes my class safer. By the way, my report deserves a better grade.

Conversation overheard on a Texas university campus:

Student Joe Bob: Professor Scrivener, you gave my report a C-. Certainly there must be a mistake.

Scrivener: The assigned topic was "correlation does not imply causation." You wrote about your spring break and your writing was full of grammatical errors.

Joe Bob: But I spent two whole hours last night writing this report.

Scrivener: Sorry, Joe Bob, but the grade stands. Try sticking to the topic for your next report.

Joe Bob: My report deserves an A+, not a C-.

Scrivener: Sorry, no. I have to go to my next class.

Joe Bob, lifting his shirt, revealing a handgun: Professor, you do know that concealed carry makes this campus safer?

Later that day ...

Department chair: So, Scrivener, what did you do?

Scrivener: I changed every student's grade to A+.

Department chair: But that's not the right thing to do.

Scrivener: I've started studying for my real estate license.

The great state of Texas is poised to allow concealed carry on it's college campuses. Here are snippets from the report at Politico.

When the founding fathers wrote that the right to bear arms “shall not be infringed,” did they mean guns must be allowed everywhere, even in classrooms and dorm rooms? The University of Virginia Board of Visitors took up the issue of campus carry in 1824, and didn’t have to look far for an originalist perspective—Thomas Jefferson and James Madison were in attendance. The board resolved that “No Student shall, within the precincts of the University … keep or use weapons or arms of any kind, or gunpowder.”

This week, the Texas legislature took a different tack, and voted to allow faculty, staff, visitors and students over age 21 to carry concealed handguns on college campuses in the state, provided they have a license. (In the 2013 legislative session, Texas reduced the training requirement for a concealed handgun license from 10 hours of instruction to just four. License applicants must also demonstrate the ability to hit human-sized, stationary targets at distances of 3 to 15 yards, with 70 percent accuracy.) Gov. Greg Abbott has already indicated that he will sign the campus carry bill into law. ...

William McRaven, chancellor of the University of Texas System, wrote to state representatives in April, warning them that campus carry could adversely affect faculty recruitment. ...

Having been in Scrivener's position on a Texas campus, Scriber would be handing out good grades to all and looking for early retirement.

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