Guns and MUN don’t belong together

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On Tuesday, a RNC officer fired a weapon at Memorial University because he felt threatened by an alleged car thief.

Much of the discussion in the local media has centred on the suspect’s prior convictions and not on why a police officer used his gun.

While the RCMP is now investigating the incident, more questions need to be raised by the general public and university community about the use of firearms on campus.

On Nov. 12, 2013, MUN’s senate amended regulations to allow armed RNC on campus and in the classroom with written permission. I was one of four senators to vote against the measure.

The argument at the time was that the officers pursuing studies at MUN were still on duty and required their firearms.

One senator noted that in the last nine years since RNC officers attended class on campus, there had not been an incident.

Of course, last Tuesday’s sting outside of the Field House was police business and we are still awaiting the details surrounding the incident.

However, I would argue that the recent deregulation of firearms at MUN has normalized the excessive use of police force.

Guns don’t belong in schools.

As a student, I feel uncomfortable knowing there are armed officers who are so willing to escalate the level of violence.

Joey Donnelly


Graduate Students’ Union


Organizations: RCMP, Field House

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  • Greg
    March 05, 2014 - 16:52

    I feel uncomfortable knowing someone that is irrationally afraid of an inanimate object has been accepted into Graduate studies, let alone sits on the Senate and is elected by his peers to represent them. I weep for my alma mater.

    • Mac
      March 26, 2014 - 10:42

      He was not elected to be president of the GSU, but was rather acclaimed unopposed. He therefore thinks he has a mandate to run his own campaigns that align with his on personal agenda.

  • Craig
    February 23, 2014 - 20:33

    What if there had been an actual gunman on campus? How many students and staff could have potentially lost their lives because of the delay in getting an armed police officer onsite to stop the killer? I agree that guns don't belong at MUN, but when an actual bad guy brings one and starts shooting, I would prefer to have an armed cop onsite to protect innocent lives.