“I know of several students (and faculty) at UT Austin who have permits and carry concealed weapons on campus (despite it being against the law) I do not doubt that the majority of these individuals are responsible, safe and well-practiced in using their weapons. However, I think the Shooting on our campus a month ago is a testament to the fact that we do not *need* concealed carry on campus. The vast majority of our students were safe because they cooperated with police/law enforcement, and got out of the way. It might be within our rights to carry weapons, all the time and everywhere- but it doesn't mean that we should.”
Douva on Nov 1, 2010 at 16:06:58
“The vast majority of the students were safe BECAUSE THE GUNMAN WASN'T INTERESTED IN HARMING ANYONE BUT HIMSELF.
Because the gunman chose to run across campus openly carrying his firearm in plain view, police were notified of his presence before any shots were fired. Yet, it still took officers several minutes (approximately 12, by most accounts) to reach the scene.
In the brief segment of surveillance footage released by police, the gunman passes at least two dozen people in the campus library, all of whom would have been easy targets. Undoubtedly, the building contained many more people who don't show up in the surveillance footage. To act like this campus suicide--committed by a student who faced no resistance in carrying an AK-47 onto campus and opening fire--somehow proves that we don't "need" campus carry is absurd.
Equally absurd is your assertion that concealed handgun license holders would fail to cooperate with and/or get in the way of law enforcement officers. CHL holders are not wannabe cops itching for the chance to act like amateur one-man SWAT teams and go chasing after a bad guy. They carry for personal protection only and are trained not to seek out an active shooter or interject themselves into a situation that does not involve them.
“Groups like City Year, Communities in Schools, AmeriCorps, etc volunteers are typically by application and screening only.. While parents/family members may not be "Screened" in some capacity, it isn't like it takes much time to enter someones name into a sex-offender registry...
Volunteers generally don't take the job of others- they support positions that groups would not otherwise be able to provide due to the cost.”
“The emancipation proclamation didn't do anything. It "freed" slaves in the south, where Lincoln had no political control or legal standing, but it did not free northern slaves, where he had legal authority to do so.”
reviewingthesituation on Jun 5, 2010 at 09:45:03
“By 1860, the Northern states had already eliminated slavery on their own, except New Jersey, which had fewer than 300. (There were millions of slaves in the South.) The two "border" states were allowed to keep their slaves until hostilities ended, at which time, it was clear, all slavery would end. So, for all intents and purposes, The Emancipation Proclamation ended slavery. And it gave those millions hope.
When slaves sang,
"Rock my soul in the bosom of Abraham,"
they weren't referring to the Biblical patriarch.”
“I felt very safe in Jamaica, we stayed a week or so in Kingston, visiting government agencies, meeting with politicians, and visiting special needs schools, but I went in 2009 before all this recent drug violence stuff.
We also spent 2 days in Montego Bay. I would go back as soon as I could afford a plane ticket. I loved it.”
“No thanks, Greece. I'm looking at you Rhodes- thank you for ruining any desire I had to go there because your Island thinks it is acceptable to make money off the feral cat population by selling wonky t-shirts/cat calendars and then thinks it is okay to poison them on mass levels at the end of tourist season.
“When can I go? I visited Jamaica with a professor and students from my school on a cultural immersion trip to study Jamaica's social programs. My favorite part was visiting his God-mother in the hills about an hour outside Kingston. So beautiful.”
Palmz on May 30, 2010 at 12:02:18
“Jamaica is safe. I would suggest you avoid Kingston at the moment. Negril is also a beautiful spot on the western end of the island.”
“Very true. I just think there are many reasons that "young people today" show less empathy than other generations, and blaming us, or blaming technology or whatever is part of the problem. People don't have accountability for any of their actions, it is a fun little blame game. We are all responsible.”
melhol on May 29, 2010 at 15:25:28
“I think even your sarcasm is laced with hostility. You don't need to defend your education and qualifications here. Since you and "young people" are aware of the problems that you have then you could work on being different and not worry so much about why.”
I am getting my MSW next year. I strongly believe in the value of empathy and kindness. I love to learn for learning's sake (I even read books! for fun!). I volunteer because I want to help people. But thanks for jumping to conclusions about me.”
shawhan on May 29, 2010 at 11:32:15
“melhol's assumption that you are one the self-absorbed who lack empathy shows a problem with online conversation--we don't really know the person on the other end of the computer. In a few swift strokes of the keyboard, we judge people out of hand.
I'm an old fart (61 years old) but I remember my college years. I was certainly self-absorbed (who isn't in their early twenty's?). In fact, I believe that folks can be both self-absorbed AND empathetic. As complex beings, we are capable of selfishness and empathy, as well as a multitude of other traits within the span of a few seconds, much less over a lifetime.”
“That isn't children's fault though- who teaches us the rules and the ways of the world? Old people. Thanks a lot jerk-holes.
As a young person, I do agree in general that many of my peers are extremely self absorbed, but the values that young people have come from somewhere, and we certainly didn't make them up on our own, because we aren't creative. (:”
melhol on May 29, 2010 at 10:42:53
“I think you may have been part of the study. Need we say more.”
“As an atheist- I think it is okay for students to express their own religious preferences, as long as they don't start proselytizing or harassing other students (which is problematic, and is definitely a distraction from learning).”
OldHenry on May 29, 2010 at 00:54:34
“The first ammendment protects a students right to speak openly about his faith.
Would you have a problem if a school district prohibited a child from speaking about the absence of scientific evidence for a diety? Some would say that is proselytizing for his/her atheist faith.
Let's protect everyone's right to speech, even those we disagree with!”
“I agree, as an almost 24 year old getting my master's, I work HARD so I can learn. I have had 3 unpaid internships so I can learn professional skills that will only help me when it comes time to get a "real" job. I love learning, and my program is awesome. Our professors expect a lot out of us. I sometimes resent that other people my age ruin it for me (and other skilled, intelligent, creative, and hardworking individuals around my age).
I also, recognize the difference between being certified smart and having learned something- I view everything as a learning experience- and I think that this will pay off in the long run. I know I'm not going to make great dough straight out, but it is important to me that I work hard, make a difference, and do right by others.”
slaxx on May 29, 2010 at 03:20:28
“i like you. and when you think about it, it's those bad students that atleast help make us look good.”
“I graduated from college in 2008- but was fortunate enough to attend an institution that placed a high value on community involvement, social justice, and the importance of doing right by others (this may be due to the fact that the president used to be the president of the peace corps). However, this message was lost on many of my peers (who, aren't doing much of anything since graduation, other than living off mom and dad's cash)...though I can think of several really awesome, intelligent, creative people who are doing really great things for humanity because they believe in it.