With the fall school semester underway, it is remarkable that this is the first time in U.S. history that K-12 schools and colleges have approached potential acts of violence so dissimilarly.
For the first time in close to 20 years of university teaching and research, I find myself not particularly excited to begin the Fall semester.
The recent shooting murder of a professor and the shooter's suicide in the engineering building on the UCLA campus is a tragic reminder that on August 1 Texas public universities open their classrooms to guns.
There are currently eight states within the U.S. which require any publically funded institution to allow firearms on campus; and 23 additional states allow these institutions to decide for themselves whether students can carry firearms
"Still grading?" I asked my colleague, a professor at a Georgia college, as she carefully viewed her laptop a few weeks ago. "I'm finished with that," she told me. "Now I'm pricing bulletproof vests." She had good reason to do so.
Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal has to determine whether HB 859, the "Campus Carry" law passed by the Georgia legislature, should be signed. While I'm sure the authors of the bill had good intentions, it violates nearly every Republican principle on the books.
With a new "open-carry" law for handguns enacted on January 1st, complementing already highly-permissive existing laws governing semi-automatic rifles, hasn't Texas already done enough for freedom-loving Americans on the first day of 2016 alone? Nope.