Stop killer bovines now
University bans gun instruction classes: “If it saves the life of just one cow, one horse, it’s all worth it”, Dean says.
The Los Angeles Daily News reports * that the cancellation of an NRA Basic Pistol Course was achieved by the ]los Angeles Community College] district’s hasty adoption of a “Rule 2420,” introduced by board of trustees member Scott Svonkin. The rule prohibits all firearms on campus, other than those carried by law enforcement personnel and those used for “theatrical performances.”
We’ll let Svonkin explain it for himself. “The one thing we wanted to prevent was Pierce College being the Wild Wild West. . . . By preventing guns on campus, I wanted to prevent people who took the class from shooting a horse or cow on campus.”
Attorney C.D. Michel has filed suit on behalf of the safety class’ instructor. As Michel details on his website, Svonkin freely admitted that his rule was targeted at the NRA. “Recently the Board of Trustees found out that on two of our campuses we had classes about guns being taught for the community with the support of the NRA,” Svonkin said during a radio interview. “We did not want community members coming on campus to an NRA-supported class, if they were going to bring guns to demonstrate for these people from the community on how to use guns.”
In a separate interview, Svonkin added, “I believe that the NRA’s goal is to promote gun ownership, and that guns lead to death. So, not having the NRA teach classes, not having the NRA classes on our campuses, is a good thing . . . . I’m much happier with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department protecting our students and our staff and our faculty than having some random person who took a three-hour class and thinks that they’re Dirty Harry.”
Michel notes that the background section of Svonkin’s rule attempts to justify the ban on the grounds that “[t]he presence of firearms, even when nonoperational and in the instructional setting, lends itself to the potential for panic and fear.” But, as Michel further notes, since 2008, the NRA course has instructed over 660 students, mostly female, without injury or incident or anyone erupting into “panic or fear.”
Svorkin did not explain why the exception to his rule, allowing actors to bring guns on campus and point them at each other, would save the lives of our hoofed friends, or not cause panic and fear among fellow students.
*”Advocates say fatal gun accidents have plunged over the past two decades largely because of gun-safety training. Deaths that occurred during gun cleaning or other mishaps fell from 1,489 in 1989 to 600 in 2009 — a record low, according to the National Safety Council.”