CNN Op/Ed writer Jay Parini attacks Trump on his statements regarding the shooting in Oregon. He views Trump as insane and makes the leftist leap that somehow all guns can magically disappear from all Americans.
Trump complained that this college was “a gun-free zone.” At a campaign stop in Tennessee, he added: “Let me tell you, if you had a couple teachers with guns in that room, you would have been a hell of a lot better off.”
Parini continued the illogical stream coming from the left that strong regulations needed to be in place…. isn't “gun free zone” a regulation? He voiced his willingness to be regulated, but utterly missed the fact that the regulation was in place on the campus and it took an armed police officer to come and stop the carnage.
And Donald Trump is dead wrong: Teachers should not carry weapons.
I've been teaching full-time for 41 years at small colleges, and I can't imagine what it would mean for me or my colleagues to be armed with handguns or rifles instead of books and a thorough knowledge of our chosen disciplines. In my view, an educational institution is the last place on Earth where anyone should ever dream of having a weapon on hand just in case a madman turns up.
Parini must live in a dreamland if he thinks academia and knowledge will stop a criminal from planning an evil assault. Perhaps his 41 years of academia have caused a paralysis of logical thought, not recognizing that if his students are gunned down, all that was once knowledge dies with them. Would it not make more sense to protect the students and their right to learn from those who intend harm against them? A dead student can not pursue a chosen discipline, while an armed professor may allow that student to not only excel, but do so feeling safe.
Colleges and classrooms should be havens of tranquility, places where thoughtful discussions occur, where students work together with their teachers to acquire knowledge of the arts and sciences. A campus should be peaceful and peace-loving, and they should be places where arguments are made and defended rationally, with evidence.
Of course classrooms SHOULD be havens of tranquility, but the world is evil and evil does not stop at the sidewalk of a campus. Parini needs to come out of his academic castle in the clouds and take a look at the real world.
And, the call to end the Second Amendment and confiscate all guns:
How many more lives have to be ruined by guns before we finally take them away? And how often do we have to listen to crazy people (including members of the Supreme Court) telling us that the Second Amendment grants every American citizen the right to carry a weapon?