Police, students and guns

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It was with some surprise and concern  that I read the article and an accompanying letter to the editor from Joey Donnelly of the MUN Graduate Students’ Union (“Guns and MUN don’t belong together”) outlining his concerns about armed police officers attending courses on the MUN campus.

To start with, I thought the comments were the most asinine, foolish and ill-thought-out remarks that I have read in this paper in some time. I also found it to be totally insulting to all police officers.

These are highly trained individuals who would actually give their lives to protect the staff and students at this institution.

To seriously suggest that having police officers on campus is somehow a serious threat to the safety, security and serenity of the school is absolutely ridiculous.

Obviously, if anything, the opposite is true.

Mr. Donnelly  seems to be ignorant of the events that have taken place in various schools in the U.S. and even here in Canada in the last number of years; places like Virginia Tech, Columbine, Sandy Hook and École Polytechnique.

In point of fact, school boards, particularly in the U.S., are actually asking to have armed police or security guards on staff.

Mainly by fluke, MUN actually has that extra measure of security, it’s costing them nothing and, as the parent of a MUN student, it actually makes me feel my daughter is in a safer environment.

I suspect that, in retrospect, those 14 young women who were murdered at École Polytechnique would have been quite happy to have had an armed policeman or two around campus; it might even have saved some of their lives.

As for Mr. Donnelly and the Graduate Students’ Union, if that letter was any indication of their level of maturity, I would suggest that their time and talents would be better spent planning beer bashes and panty raids, and let the adults handle the important matters, like safety in the school.


William Power

Conception Bay South

Organizations: École Polytechnique, Virginia Tech

Geographic location: U.S., Canada, Columbine Sandy Hook William PowerConception Bay

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Recent comments

  • Glenn Stockley
    March 05, 2014 - 14:38

    Why are police officers attending classes while on duty ???? They can attend on their own time like others have to. I have seen enough of theses macho idiots not behaving properly....just trying to impress a few young girls with their guns....talk about insecure....

    • Greg
      March 08, 2014 - 16:28

      They are being told to take "x" class or "y" program as part of their job. Believe me, they don't want to be attending a university class anymore than you want to be at work.

    • Frank
      March 08, 2014 - 17:52

      Okay buddy. You may want to stay in school for a few more years. You are obviously not ready for the real world yet!

  • Brad
    March 05, 2014 - 08:44

    I disagree with the GSU's point regarding that officers should be unarmed, but "beer bashes" and "panty raids"? Way to make yourself look like an immature fool William

  • New Veteran
    March 05, 2014 - 07:20

    Interesting comments from both sides. Anyone remember where and why Memorial University of Newfoundland was created and got it's name? Anyone care that the way Newfoundland decided to honour those Soldiers was to educate future generations so it couldn't happen again? If they are scared of a Police Officer, a fellow citizen who is trained and equipped as he should be, then the educators need to change what they are teaching.