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Gonzaga University Punishes Students for Defensive Gun Use

We’re punishing you for not being home invasion victims in order to promote safety…or something like that.

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Howard Nemerov

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November 11, 2013 - 10:52 am

Erik Fagan and Dan McIntosh were at home in their apartment on October 24, when “a felon with an extensive criminal history” knocked on their door demanding money. When Fagan decline to contribute, the felon, tried to break in. McIntosh brandished his pistol, at which point the attacker ran away. Police later took him into custody, because he’s wanted on an outstanding warrant.

McIntosh has a concealed weapons permit. While this is irrelevant when discussing home defense, it shows that the gun owner is a law-abiding citizen known to law enforcement, which ran his background check and approved his permit.

It’s also good to note that this defensive gun use succeeded without firing a shot. Most researchers agree that the vast majority of defensive gun uses don’t require shooting. They also rarely get reported by media.

The reason such a benign defensive gun use made headlines is because there’s a wrinkle in this story, courtesy of Gonzaga University.

Fagan and McIntosh are students there, and the school owns their apartment. Gonzaga’s student handbook bans gun possession on any school property. As a result, police confiscated McIntosh’s gun and the university is in the process of disciplining both students, which may include expulsion.

Gonzaga claims their anti-gun policy is “in place to reduce threats to the school.” Apparently, as long as the threats are only to students and not the school itself, law-abiding armed students are the threat.

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.

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I'm sorry but I do not understand the authority that gives the college the power to order the police to confiscate the gun. And the authority for the police to confiscate said gun at the instructions of the college.
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Gonzaga in Florence is safer.j
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Gonzaga is a private Roman Catholic university where attendance is voluntary. It is not tax-payer funded. If someone objects to their policies, they are free to attend other educational institutions.

Furthermore, by instituting a policy banning all guns on their property, Gonzaga University assumes the responsibility to protect all students on their property. Failure to do so, opens the university to liability for any loss or damage resulting from such failure. This is the university's choice.

Potential students who object to this situation should explore other educational opportunities, and make the reason known to the Gonzaga University administration. Those students who actually suffer loss from this policy should sue the University and Roman Catholic Church.
22 weeks ago
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Being a Catholic institution does not mean it isn't run by the usual gaggle of leftists.
22 weeks ago
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If Gonzaga owns the apt., bans guns, but can't provide security itself, where's their argument?
22 weeks ago
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Silly. The gun reduced the threat of those two boys being robbed. If they had no gun Gonzaga's policy to "reduce threats to the school" would have made them victims.

Also, their policy failed as the felon threatened the boys while they were in campus housing.
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