Monday, April 14, 2008

Guns On Campus: Virginia Tech Settlement Still Stubborn and Indecent.

By John Longenecker

"I've written before that the Colleges refusing to recognize student rights are indecent. I write often that in forcing liberty enthusiast students to obtain 'counseling', to face suspension or other punishment even for inquiring about handgun policy within right-to-carry states, they force adult students to choose between felony and funeral. This is indecent for public servants to tell the citizen authority how much authority we have. Indecent. It is technically wrong and tortious.

This is a finding in contrast to the decent elsewhere in higher education, where concealed carry for adult students is not quarreled, but affirmed, and proudly as part of the heritage. This is not a political choice, but a purposeful affirmation of understanding and knowledge - yes, knowledge - of the nature of the relationship between adult students (citizens) and the trustees (public servants). They get it right. In the indecent, it is purely a political vexation, beyond question, and it always turns out badly. This is not ignorance, it is indecency of being stubborn at the expense of lives. Sue everybody.

One of the ugliest political battles we are fighting in 2008 is how our very lives are held hostage by official defiance of the law. The officials care not for the lives they had a hand in taking, they care only for their circled wagons and prestige. There is no grief within them, only ego and defiance, as they stubbornly hold on to their positions and will not learn from experience of having lost so many. How many do we have to lose before these institutions begin to learn? Something else is driving them into these depths of indecency in self-interest at the cost of the very people they are sworn to serve."

"Law enforcement agencies and personnel have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others; instead, their duty is to preserve the peace and arrest lawbreakers for the protection of the general public."

- Lynch v. N.C. Dept. of Justice, 376 S.E. 2nd 247 (N.C. App 1989)

It is all about power, John.Those that have had it bestowed upon them without earning it, cling to it as a drowning man to a blade of grass.

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