Just for Fun: “When May I Shoot a Student?”

Responding to the imminent passage of a bill by the Idaho state legislature to permit concealed firearms on state campuses, Greg Hampikian raised some compelling questions — tongue firmly planted in cheek — in a New York Times op-ed column on February 27, 2014. Hampikian is a professor of biology and criminal justice… itself a combo I find fascinating.

BOISE, Idaho — TO the chief counsel of the Idaho State Legislature:

In light of the bill permitting guns on our state’s college and university campuses, which is likely to be approved by the state House of Representatives in the coming days, I have a matter of practical concern that I hope you can help with: When may I shoot a student?

I am a biology professor, not a lawyer, and I had never considered bringing a gun to work until now. But since many of my students are likely to be armed, I thought it would be a good idea to even the playing field.

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