Sunday, March 09, 2008

Why is it all about the illusion of safety?

ABC News: Students Feel Less Safe on Campus So there have been some high-profile "incidents" at colleges lately, which leads ABC to pen the following:
Reported crime on college campuses has increased in recent years and despite improved security measures since last April's massacre at Virginia Tech, students and experts say the illusion of colleges being safe havens is eroding. [my emphasis, Z-Deb]
The truth is that colleges exist in the real world, where there are rapes and muggings and insane people who want to do you harm.

Instead of worrying about "feelings" and "illusions," maybe we should concentrate on what might actually work.
There were about 42,000 burglaries, 3,700 forcible sex offenses, 7,000 aggravated assaults and 48 murders reported on college campuses in 2003, the most recent year for which data are available, according to U.S. Department of Education statistics.
That is a lot of crime. Given that campuses are defenseless victim zones, is that so surprising?
"When you go to go college, you're no longer living at home," [a campus security guy] said. "Colleges and universities need to make sure students have a plan, that they are trained and they are practiced to make sure they do everything to keep themselves safe."
Everything, except be allowed the means of effective self-defense.

As Oleg Volk pointed out, we have two choices: we can turn colleges in maximum security prisons, or we can allow self-defense. Anything else is worrying about appearances and illusions. Eventually reality will win that game. (You may feel safe, but that doesn't mean you are safe.)

Self-defense is a human right.

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