professornana (professornana) wrote,

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"Safe" zones

We need an additional punctuation mark: one that designates air quotes. If I had access to that mark, the word SAFE in the title would have air quotes around it. I settled for the traditional quotation marks in this case.

On the drive to the office today, a man in a pick up truck laid on his horn when he thought I was being too slow turning left at a traffic signal. In reality, it was because he was running a red light, and wanted me to move faster so the traffic camera would not spit out a ticket for his driving. After the turn, he tailgated me, flashed his high beams, continued honking and then shot past me (on a double yellow line) trying to push me off the road. NOT the way I wanted to begin my commute. So much for safe driving on his part. Thankfully, he turned off onto another road shortly, and the rest of the trip was uneventful.

But this was actually the second thing that unnerved me today. The first was a memo from our university president that I read this morning over coffee. The state of Texas in its "wisdom" (see, a need for air quotes again) has decided to allow open carry on college campuses beginning in 2016. Now it is time for a committee to be convened to discuss how we can set up "safe" (yes, air quotes again) zones on campus. I am thinking a bulletproof door and windows might be the ticket for all faculty and staff for "safe" zones. Maybe retirement will create a "safe" zone for me?

Our campus prohibits smoking. There are classrooms where food and drink are forbidden. But the legislature seems to think guns are not one of those things we can prohibit on campus? I know this will annoy some, but I do think there need to be areas where open carry is not permitted. They include campuses, stores, restaurants. I am fine with peace officers carrying weapons. But I will never buy into the theory that this is an issue about personal freedom. We regulate fat content, sugar, tobacco, speed, registrations, licenses like crazy. But I bet money lots of folks can pass muster for open carry who should not be permitted to open carry.

I will end with a link to a children's book, MY PARENTS OPEN CARRY. Follow the link at your own risk:

And now, I will build a book bunker in my office. Just call it my "safe" zone.
Tags: idiocy, stupidity

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