Alexander Lenski, ‘12
I believe my 7-year-old nephew’s comment at the dinner table last night is enough testimony to the ridiculousness and insane conversation to which our campus has been immorally subjugated within the past half year. He turned his soft green eyes to me, after listening to the babble of my less knowledgeable partner.
“But Alex, why wouldn’t the police have guns?”
Seven years! A boy his age already understands that our culture of freedom (a term the opposition chooses to manipulate) necessitates certain tools, however lethal, to preserve the lives of others. Though he does not yet understand the hypocrisy of the public unions (we’ll leave that for dessert!), he at least acknowledges, unlike the minority on this campus, that it is the obligation of our public officers to serve and protect with every weapon possible. The arming of these officers would cost taxpayer money, I’m ashamed to admit. But out of man’s natural evil, a tendency to violence, I prefer control.
I applaud the College’s staging of the two panel meetings this year, complimentary to the two in the spring. They were placed in close proximity to one another, allowing ample time for students to attend and for the naysayers to voice irrelevant complaint. Not many attended, only leading me to the conclusion that many students, having the wisdom of my nephew, believed the answer obvious. One panelist said on the last day, the second day, what other panelists were merely dancing around.
“The gun is to the officer as the hammer is to the carpenter.”
We do not live in a “culture of fear.” That is the opposition’s naïve argument. Nay, it is a culture of freedom, safeguarded by the rule of the majority, the backbone of this country. Those who seek to abuse freedom, like the idiots whose violent acts we hope to stifle should they ever arrive on campus, deserve to lose freedom with their lives. The gun for MCLA, as anywhere else in society, symbolizes the end of corruption, the beaten attempt at undermining American values: family, church, and community.
I’ve heard rumor that self-defense tactics, communal activism for mental illness awareness, and designated classroom strategies in case of an attacker, should have been considered. HA! If the armed campus officers at Virginia Tech couldn’t stop a killer, what makes you think petty activism can?
And again and again from an English professor has been this myth, some invisible piece of literature no one can seem to produce, that says we live in a society of less violence.
MCLA did not need to waste time teasing the naïve and ignorant dreamers. What more needs to be said about our culture? The arming of our safety officers doesn’t go far enough!
Imagine. The enemy close at hand, masked. He assumes transparency. But you’re ready to act; your culture of freedom demands you act, swiftly and by instinct. In the name of safety, why wait for others to take the glory?