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Friday, January 15, 2010

What would Col. Cooper call these people?

Most of us in the gun rights advocacy community are familiar with the late, great Lt. Col Jeff Cooper's term "hoplophobia," defined as an irrational fear of and/or aversion to weapons (generally firearms). The term is derived from hoplon, a Greek word for arms and armor. Fear of weapons is ridiculous enough, but how much more absurd is a fear of . . . holsters?

Nearly two years ago, Thirdpower brought my attention to a small college in Texas that had banned a Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC) empty holster protest, and I expanded on his post a bit here.

Both Thirdpower's post and mine are quite short--take a minute to familiarize yourself with the situation, and I'll be waiting here.

SCCC filed a lawsuit (with, perhaps surprisingly, help from the ACLU), and as it happens, that case just now finally went to court--and the school's justification for banning empty holsters is just plain silly.

When Tarrant County College denied a student the right to stage an empty holster protest in April 2008 at the South Campus, officials feared someone would use the event to bring a weapon on campus.

"There was certainly the expectation that someone was going to show up with a gun in a holster," TCC interim Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley said under cross examination during a trial in federal court Thursday.
Alrighty, then--let me make sure I'm following along here: you ban the open carry of empty holsters, out of fear that someone will break school rules, risking expulsion (and maybe legal action), by bringing a full holster instead. It didn't occur to you, I guess, that someone could wear a concealed (and full) holster, and you wouldn't know anything about it--and that's most likely what they would do, if they were inclined to bring a gun?

The judge apparently finds that as puzzling as I do:
School officials had the concern even though they had no evidence that anyone would, and U.S. District Court Judge Terry Means told her — when she couldn’t provide any proof of why she thought someone planned to do so — that free speech cannot be limited on the basis of an "undifferentiated fear."

"I can’t see any tangible basis for this fear," Means said.
That's because you're apparently not insane, Judge--that's a bit of a handicap in trying to understand people like that school's administrators.

Note that I'm not even trying to address the irrationality of fearing peaceable armed citizens on campus--that's a whole 'nuther discussion.


straightarrow said...

"That's because you're apparently not insane, Judge--that's a bit of a handicap in trying to understand people like that school's administrators."-Kurt

Amen. However, there are two explanations, insanity which you mentioned and just plain lust for power, which you didn't.

Not that one can't be insane at the same time he/she is megalomanical, but in practice it would seem one of the most sane and practical things a megalomaniac can do is to assure he cannot be challenged by anyone with the means to challenge them effectively. Hence, their support and iniation of violation of rights of self defense at any and every opportunity and all possible venues so that effective challenge is systemic,else liberty might break out that would at some point affect their ability to illegimately control others. That they cannot tolerate.

Ok, I take it back, you got it all, it occurs that megalomania is a mental illness.

straightarrow said...

"so that effective challenge is systemic,"

Should read [so that the impossibility of effective challenge is systemic.]

Damn slow fingers!

Kurt '45superman' Hofmann said...

I suppose another possibility I hadn't considered--and probably should have--is that the administrators are simply dumb as rocks.

Anonymous said...

Sometimes (hell no - OFTEN) I wonder who is the smarter? The college students, or the college professors and administration?

B Woodman