Just when you think you’ve heard it all, a campus police detective gives her expert advice on how to deal with encounters with criminals, which includes glancing or nodding at potential attackers. Arkansas recently gave universities in the state the option of allowing concealed carry on their respective campuses. Not surprisingly, most of the schools chose to ban concealed carry.
At the University of Arkansas, there was an e-mail exchange among school officials about assault incidents on campus. One biology professor recounted his experience of being attacked by a few teenagers on his way to class. He suffered a number of blows to the back of his head when this group of kids attacked him from behind.
Another faculty member chimed in and remarked that a student was attacked in the same area as this biology professor.
Then, Sharon Houlette, a University of Arkansas public safety detective responded to the chain of e-mail with a few of her own helpful tips:
- Always pay attention to your surroundings.
- A glance or a nod will help you show anyone who might think that you are not paying attention that you are aware of their presence.
- Attend a complimentary Crime Prevention presentation or workshop.
- Park on campus and use the trolley service to get to class so as to reduce the potential attack time.
If someone confronts you with a gun, just glance at them or nod to let them know that you know they’re there. That’ll show’em. It would scare the living daylights out of them. “What?! You can see me? I’m outta here!”
Anything but carry a concealed firearm. Guns are bad and are responsible for every mass murder in history. If you carry a gun on campus, not only would you be in violation of the school’s gun-free zone rules, but you’d also be increasing the likelihood of a mass shooting. Do you really want that weighing heavily on your conscience?