25 Sep 2023

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University’s Insane Response to School Shooters
By Lindsay Attaway [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

University’s Insane Response to School Shooters 

Article from Reason by Robby Soave.

A college in Michigan thinks the best way for students and professors to defend themselves in the event of a mass shooting might be to throw hockey pucks at the gunman.

To that end, Oakland University’s faculty union purchased 800 pucks for professors and 1,700 for students, according to NPR. Oakland Police Chief Mark Gordon described the hockey pucks as a “spur-of-the-moment idea that seemed to have some merit to it.”

I am skeptical that anyone could effectively wield a hockey puck against a heavily armed intruder, but you never know. Ideally, people who are concerned about gun-wielding maniacs would be able to defend themselves with, well, guns—but Oakland is a gun-free zone. In the event that an armed maniac decided to target the university, he probably would not be deterred by the revelation that he’s technically prohibited from bringing weapons onto the campus, which is why the logic of gun-free zones doesn’t make a lot of sense. Maybe knowing he’d be pelted with hockey pucks is a minor disincentive, though.

In truth, neither students nor their professors should be unreasonably fearful about a mass shooting taking place on their campus. Despite all the media attention paid to the issue, schools are not especially dangerous places, and mass-casualty events are extremely, blessedly rare. In all likelihood, Oakland students will have to find other uses for their new pucks.

Read the entire article at Reason.

Image Credit: By Lindsay Attaway [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Joe Lyddon
4 years ago

This is SO Ridiculous… Rocks would be cheaper! 🙂 😀

Really, if they really wanted to be ready to Strike Back and protect themselves, it would be better to use GUNS! Yes, GUNS! … I hear all of the moans…

BUT, the best defense against a Bad Gun, is a GOOD Gun!

Optionally, allow Teachers and students to be Trained with a gun, easy to carry & use… Perhaps an arm band could be used to denote the person is an Authorized gun carrying volunteer that has been trained and is ready to Protect any possible attacker.

After the practice being well known, It would probably stop the common Shooter from attempting to shoot anyone on Campus!

It takes a Good Gun to stop a Bad Gun!

/einar R. Petersen
4 years ago

Moronic “Educators”, once exposed, need to be terminated…

Me Jr
4 years ago

Maybe they should go Puck themselves!

4 years ago

Never take a hockey puck to a gun fight.

John Ruckman
John Ruckman
4 years ago

So is this university aiding and abetting the shooters?
Perhaps people should start filing competency charges against these individuals, misusing school money, etc.