Saturday, July 21, 2012
Violence and Public Safety
Another mass killing and another movement to ban guns. I do not own a gun nor can I imagine shooting an animal let alone a person. However, from a psychological point of view, an armed public is probably safer than an unarmed public. When I was a Resident Counselor at The University of Cincinnati during the riots and acts of terror by the anti-war radicals, I carried a gun during my nightly rounds to check the safety of the building. Every nigh before I went tobed I walked through every floor to see if everything was in order. We received reports about bomb plots almost daily from the FBI who had infiltrated the Weather Underground, The Black Panthers and the Students for a Democratic Society. Those groups were threatening violence against us all the time. One night i discovered that someone had turned off all the fire alarms in our building! After that I bought a gun and carried it on my rounds. Would I have used it against a violent mad man trying to kill my students?