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I didn't recall seeing this over here so I thought I would repost it:

http://www.sltrib.com/ci_8346161
Common Sense 101: Guns don't belong in plain view in classrooms
Tribune Editorial
Article Last Updated: 02/23/2008 01:39:28 PM MST

Take a moment to put yourself in the shoes of a teacher at the University of Utah or Salt Lake Community College:

You are standing in front of a classroom as students - 25, 50 or 100, depending on the class - walk in and take their seats. As one student sits down, he takes a revolver from a holster and places it in his lap or on the desk, his hand near the trigger. Or he leaves it in a shoulder or belt holster, in plain sight and within easy reach.

What would you do?

That scenario is quite likely if House Bill 473 is passed by the Utah Legislature. Gun rights advocates say the bill does not change existing law, which they interpret as allowing concealed-carry permit holders to carry firearms in plain view. Attorney General Mark Shurtleff's opinion is that existing law could be interpreted to allow or prohibit permit holders to carry weapons openly.

HB473 would clarify that concealed-carry permits also give holders a right to openly carry loaded guns in public places, including public-school campuses, at colleges and universities, in sports stadiums. Yes, and in hospitals, public libraries and the unsecured areas of airports.

We wonder whether legislators who favor this bill have thought through the possible consequences of allowing, even encouraging, people to openly carry a loaded weapon into a classroom or a basketball game between rival schools, as this bill would do.

It would be impossible for a teacher or classmate to know the armed person's intent or his state of mind. In the heated atmosphere of a close game, even normally level-headed fans have been known to get violent. Add the sight of loaded guns to that mix, handy for quick response, even illegal use, and it's not hard to imagine the possible outcome.

Openly carrying a weapon is a blatant form of intimidation, whether or not the person carrying it intends to use it.

Gun-rights lobbyist Clark Aposhian poo-poos as worry-mongering the concern of officials at the U. over potential classroom disruptions. We disagree. Their worry is reasonable. Call it Common Sense 101.

If legislators doubt the implications of HB473, they should put themselves in the position of a teacher confronted by an armed student. Gun advocates might advise a concerned teacher to get a gun of her own. But is a classroom really the right place for a showdown?

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What a sensationalist piece of tripe. Exactly what I would expect from that paper.
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As one student sits down, he takes a revolver from a holster and places it in his lap or on the desk, his hand near the trigger.
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This is fear-mongering that is typical of the SLTrib.

Do you think that you, I or anybody you know would draw a gun, put it in his lap, and put the hand near a trigger in such a setting? Ludicrous.

I just shake my head and have my long-held impression of the low-quality of the SLTrib reaffirmed yet again.
 

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What would I do?

If the student unholstered the weapon and put it in his lap, on his desk, or just about anywhere else, I'd dismiss class and then call the police to arrest the student. While the students were leaving, I'd position myself behind cover, if available, and be prepared to access my own weapon.

If the student left the gun in the holster, I'd proceed with my lecture, perhaps giving him a nod and a smile.

Is that really so hard?
 

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swillden said:
What would I do?

If the student unholstered the weapon and put it in his lap, on his desk, or just about anywhere else, I'd dismiss class and then call the police to arrest the student. While the students were leaving, I'd position myself behind cover, if available, and be prepared to access my own weapon.

If the student left the gun in the holster, I'd proceed with my lecture, perhaps giving him a nod and a smile.

Is that really so hard?
+1 The distinction you draw is all the difference. As a teacher I agree 100%.
 

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Granted I don't know a lot of CFP holders personaly but the ones I do know are smart enough to know you wouldn't unholster your weapon and put it on the desk. That is just insane. That person should recieve a tazer to the "insert body area here" for a full 30 seconds.
 

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Once again, another sign of anti-gun activists making up stuff to prove THEIR point, logical or not. Since when has this EVER happened. Did the guy at Virginia Tech or the guys at Columbine sit down first and place thier weapons on their desk before shooting? Did the guy at Trolley Square sit down at the restaurant and place his firearm on the table first? This doesn't even happen in the movies! :evil:
 

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yung1s, you are *SO* right! SLCC's "The Globe" just came out with a front-page article regarding the new changes being proposed to the CC law and their article makes these same sorts of mistakes. I have been waiting for their website to post the article so I can link you guys to it but so far nothing. Over the weekend I will try and scan and post it here for everyone to read. I am also planning on writing a rebuttal to the Editor. The writer obviously did a horrible job collecting his info. and created really stupid "what ifs" like the CNN article did. (in fact, I think he actually used CNN's without citing it).
 
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