In an editorial published in the New York Times last week, Boise State biology professor Greg Hampikian asks a question regarding what he calls a “matter of practical concern” regarding new conceal carry laws: When may he shoot a student?
A law recently passed by the Idaho statehouse allows for guns to be carried onto campus, so long as they are reasonably kept out of sight. Hampikian took issue with the new law and penned the satirical letter, addressed to the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature.
He clearly makes a mockery of the new law, asking if he should “aim for the legs” if he senses hostility between “two armed students [who] are arguing over who should be served next at the coffee bar.” He says he’s come across many disgruntled students over the years and may now feel vulnerable when they reach into their book bag.
He claims the campus murder rate – zero – means that encouraging people to own guns is pointless. He says that putting weapons into the mix where young people are away from home and have a higher tendency to abuse alcohol could be deadly.
But his argument invalidates itself when he points out that the current murder rate is zero and when he writes that bad people only go where guns aren’t allowed.