Conceal-Publish Worse Than Conceal-Carry
Seeing that Mizzou allegedly houses one of the more prestigious Journalism schools in the nation, you’d think that the student newspaper would be able to put together an editorial board that isn’t complete horse-squeeze.
The Editorial Board uses their twice-weekly column to consistently vent their ill-informed and highly inaccurate “concerns”. Editorials can only be effective if the Editorial Board is credible and accountable, of which, the Maneater’s staff is neither. They are however, full of themselves and hold their misinformed opinions in the highest regard.
Take last Friday’s editorial, Conceal, carry laws endanger students.
Missouri recently passed a bill to lower the age for concealed weapon carry in Missouri from 23 to 21 and permit concealed carry on college campuses. The age thing is somewhat irrelevant as an 18-year old can obtain a Maine permit which is valid in Missouri.
The concealed carry portion of the bill was tacked on in an amendment – likely so it would pass more easily…
If their point here is that somehow this makes it a less valid or even a bad idea, they’re wrong. Look up the term “genetic fallacy”.
Turning universities into potential battlegrounds by deputizing the students is not an effective measure against campus violence…
I have a problem with this because clearly, the Editorial Board is speaking on a subject on which they clearly have no knowledge. They equate having a permit to carry concealed weapon with “deputize”. A deputy, in the law enforcement sense is one charged with upholding the law, serving warrants and guarding prisoners, none of which apply to a student carrying a concealed weapon. If a student were to brandish his or her weapon in order to apprehend a graffiti artist, they would lose their weapon permit and most likely face jail time. Having a conceal-carry permit doesn’t magically make you a law enforcer, but rather grants you a better ability to what people are already entitled to do: defend yourself and others from a deadly threat. Look up the term “straw-man fallacy”.
We couldn’t imagine allowing people to carry and conceal weapons on campuses doing anything but harm…
That’s cool, but who cares about your imagination? First, you’re the Editorial Board of a liberal trash-rag student publication, secondly, no one knows who exactly you are. If you say “we”, especially when referring to your personal imagination, you should let people know who you are. Lastly, liberals are known to have little-to-no imagination when it comes to constructive advancement.
The fact that legislators are putting people who will be required to take an eight hour class with two hours of practiced shooting on the same level as officers who undergo 24 hours of training annually is appalling
Kind of a run-on from #2. MU Police officers are sworn with full powers of arrest provided to them by Missouri Revised Statutes. MU Police officers carry mace and a baton, they carry handcuffs and open display a weapon. They drive police interceptors, and are charged with intervention on even minor infractions. They wear a uniform and are Columbia Police Special Police Officers, Special Deputies of the Boone County Sheriff, and are Peace Officers commissioned by the Curators of the University of Missouri. They respond to calls for law enforcement and general service, take reports of criminal incidents, respond to fire and intrusion alarms, assist in medical emergencies and handle traffic accidents. They patrol not just the MU campus, but are the primary if not only law enforcement on MU dozens of remote facilities and farms, and they provide security at many university events. On exactly which of these things would a student with a concealed weapon be “on the same level”. (text in this paragraph from the MUPD website).
Some college campuses around the state don’t even have armed police officers…
So because some students are even more vulnerable than MU students, we don’t need more protection?
To make campus safer, the state should instead be making provisions to provide support for more support and resources for mental health care…
I agree we need more provisions for mental health care. But that wouldn’t have prevented the muggings that have taken place on campus this past year. Why can’t we have conceal-carry AND better mental health care?
This bill needs to be stopped, and we’re hoping that the Senate can exercise some restraint by not focusing on gathering votes…
Here, they make an unsupported assertion as to the motive of legislators. Most likely, it is completely untrue, and is another prime example of genetic fallacy.
A fact completely overlooked by the Editorial Board is that conceal-carry gun owners are documented to be the most responsible with their weapons. Someone who goes through hours of training to obtain their firearm is less likely to rampage a college campus than a punk or a thug that bought his or her gun through some black market dealer. When’s the last time you read a news story about a conceal-carry permit holder shooting up Virginia Tech or NIU?
The most likely outcome of this legislation would be the prevention or control of these types of tragedies.
Journalism used to be a field that interested me, and it’s situations like these that turned me off from it. The simple fact that these types of uneducated and improperly informed people can print whatever they want, regardless of inaccuracy and bias is appalling.