A teaching assistant employed by the University of Utah is coming under intense fire for attempting to create a “Second Amendment Zone” which was created for the sole purpose of separating gun carriers from the rest of the class population.
The move, which is a pretty horrible one, completely and utterly backfired and as a result, the teaching assistant has officially been reassigned to other duties for the remainder of the semester.
It should be noted that both state law and University policy permit students to carry firearms on campus as long as they are legally licensed.
The unnamed teaching assistant reportedly attempted to create a safe space in the classroom for those who oppose guns by figuratively quarantining those weapon-carrying students in a taped-off area without any desks.
Campus Reform reported that the area was about 3 feet by 3 feet, and did not contain a desk because “desks are reserved for students who respect the personal and psychological safety of their classmates and instructor.”
The university reacted swiftly when the issue was brought to their attention and quashed the notion of a “Second Amendment zone” in the classroom or anywhere on campus.
A Facebook post by Utah state Rep. Karianne Lisonbee revealed the document that the teaching assistant reportedly created.
In an earlier iteration of the post, Lisbonee wrote, “I am livid. A University of Utah Professor doesn’t understand the Bill of Rights and University policy on free speech – which is disturbing enough. But even more egregious, she is seeking to break state law and deprive students of their rights. Please share.”
When the story began to pick up traction, and was addressed by school administration, Lisbonee added, “Update: Great news! I have been assured that this teacher has been reprimanded for publishing a syllabus against University policy. She was asked and has issued an apology to her students. Her syllabus has been retracted by the University and they are committed to making sure that she receives proper training. Thank you to the University and to the brave students who raised this issue. The price of liberty is constant vigilance. Please share!”
A spokesperson for the school talked with Campus Reform, stating the policy had been removed from the syllabus.
Good on the university for standing up for the rights of students to exercise the Second Amendment and carry weapons to make themselves and their classmates safer.
The very reason this amendment exists is so people can possess the means they need to defend themselves from deviants who want to murder and steal. One of the main reasons mass shooters are able to carry out their horrific acts of violence is due to the lack of good guys with guns.
If we really want college campuses to be safe spaces, we need to allow students to carry guns. Period.
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