Ivory Tower

March 29, 2008

Voices: Ivory tower

March 28, 2008 09:44 pm

— It comes as no surprise that the faculty senate of Oklahoma University opposes a bill in the state Legislature allowing active-duty military personnel, honorably discharged veterans, and other approved citizens to carry concealed weapons on campus (Globe, March 23).
After all, OU is one of the ivory towers of academia. (And we all know by now ’tis only they who know what’s best for us not blessed to live under the illumination of their profound enlightenment.)
Yet the lunacy of OU President David Boren’s statement, “If it would help for me to get down on my knees to plead with the Legislature for the safety of our students, I would do so,” is surprising even by academia standards.
Really, Mr. Boren? Is that all it takes? On your knees and plead a bit?
Too bad you weren’t there to plead with Steven Kazmierezak at Northern Illinois or Seung-Hui Cho at Virginia Tech for the safety of the students at those universities. Imagine the carnage you could have prevented if only you had been there to lend a “kneel and a plead.”
No sir, I can’t buy it. You see I’m one of those little people who lives in the real world. That world where evil really does exist and really does manifest itself. That world that rather than a mythical “gun-free zone” instead had an armed Jeanne Assam who could take down Matthew Murray at the New Life Church before he took more innocent lives.
How sad that Mr. Boren and so many in academia have no problem with active-duty military personnel using their weapons elsewhere to defend their precious “academic freedom,” but when it comes to those same soldiers’ rights to carry on campus to protect themselves and others, they’re deemed irresponsible — not safe.
Sorry Mr. Boren, but the only dangerous and irresponsible ones in this scenario are you and your faculty. That in your arrogance to know what’s best for all, you would deny rights to those very people who defend yours.
Now that’s one helluva tower of hypocrisy don’t you think Mr. Boren?
Geoff Caldwell

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