Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Jonathan Taylor Breaks Into Gonzaga Dorm Students Defend Themselves

A "mug shot" of Jonathon Taylor
In case you missed it, administrators at Gonzaga University have decided to place four students on probation, with the possibility of expulsion on the table. Their crime? Defending themselves against a six-time felon Jonathan Taylor inside their university owned apartment by brandishing a firearm (for which they have a permit). Naturally in typical academic fashion, officials are punishing their own students for fighting back and protecting themselves from a violent criminal with a long rap sheet.

The details of this story have already been covered, but what's missing is the scrutiny against the so-called "intellectuals" in this situation.
The actions taken by Gonzaga officials to punish students for a) owning a firearm and b) using that firearm in self-defense, shows us exactly how far they're willing to go in the name of their own partisan ideology. Officials at Gonzaga are clearly more interested in upholding their anti-gun agenda than keeping students safe.
Think the case of a felon on Gonzaga's campus is an isolated incident? Think again. In 2007, a young woman named Amanda Collins was raped at gunpoint just 50-feet from the campus police station at The University of Nevada-Reno. The University of Nevada-Reno is a gun free zone. At the time of the attack, Collins was in possession of her concealed weapons permit but was not in possession of her firearm due to university policies prohibiting carrying concealed weapons on campus. Her attacker, a serial rapist, went on to rape two more young women, killing one of them. Red-tape and university policies empowered her attacker while she, the victim, was punished. 
Link (here) to the full story at Townhall.com


Qualis Rex said...

As someone who has no "horse in this race" (i.e. I have never owned a gun in my life, but have used one on many occasions) it seems clear; if the campus policy on which the students technically resided has a "no guns. period." policy, then this should have been respected. Dorm-style accommodations seldom facilitate storing firearms (i.e. you can't just put one under dirty-clothes in a hamper and expect it will be safe). Yet, if they were on private property (i.e. not owned by the school/subject to the school rules) it would have been a non-issue as they would be living according to the law of the land, which allows for their ownership. Calling these students "heroes" is a bit disingenuous and exageratory. However, we can all rejoice that no one was harmed in the incident.

Qualis Rex said...

I clicked on the article in your post and it gave an update of the situation; 1) apparently there is a "0 tolerance" gun policy on campus/campus-owned property. So, the University did nothing wrong by enforcing it. 2) the "victims" got their guns back. Sadly, this incident has been used by gun-nuts (clergy among them, unfortunately) as a soap-box to voice their ideals.