University Asks: Who Need Guns On Campus When You Can Nod Your Way To Safety?


When the Arkansas Legislature passed a concealed carry law in April, it exempted schools from having to comply. That left university officials throughout the State in charge of deciding whether conceal carry is legal on campus, and many of them — including Arkansas State and the University of Arkansas — quickly banned it.

A lot of students and faculty are upset. “We just don’t understand how someone trusted to teach in a university and has also gone through the additional rigor to obtain a concealed handgun carry license environment cannot be trusted with their self-defense,” Mike Newbern, assistant director of public relations for Students for Concealed Carry, told Campus Reform.

One UA biology professor stressed the need for effective personal protection near and on campus by relating an anecdote that appeared in the Daily Caller:

I had not gone very far before I was attacked from behind by two of them and received a number of blows to the back of my head. Given the proximity to this campus and the fact that a number of our students, faculty and staff walk through this very same area on both a daily and nightly basis I felt it prudent to share this info with you and to advise you to be on your guard while in the vicinity.

An expert with the university’s Department of Public Safety offered an obvious solution for such scenarios: glance and nod at the thugs. “A glance or a nod will help you show anyone who might think that you are not paying attention, and you are aware of their presence,” wrote detective Sharon Houlette.

Obviously, the only way a glance will be effective is if you summon laser beams to shoot from your eyes. One commenter reading a report at The Arkansas Project urging students not to follow such stupid advice said this:

Are you out of your flippin’ mind? Who makes this stuff up. I have been in law enforcement for 30 years and it astounds me how some people make a living telling others to just be a victim.

If this were my daughter and someone told her to “nod” I’d tell her to file a formal complaint alleging “stupid in a public place.”

But if unarmed UALR students follow Houlette’s advice, at least they can die with dignity. The same can’t be said of students who matriculate in Colorado — who’ve been advised to greet attackers by convulsing, puking, peeing themselves and just generally acting like damn fools.

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  • ctfrank

    How times change! My school’s rape prevention lecture said not to acknowledge them in any way because a nos might be construed as invitation or permission to rape.

  • Darral

    Bottom line The Democrats don’t care about individual safety or security, they only care about CONTROL not any different than those who wish to committee the crime against you CONTROL>

    • WilliamHarrington

      The only problem I have with your statement is the word “CONTROL” , I believe you should have used the word “CONFISCATION”.

  • dan

    …I always say,’Yes Officer…’ and follow instructions….oh, the other type of rape!

    It’s all part of the mind conditioning ….resistance is futile,you WILL comply

  • JimH

    A glance or nod lets someone know you’re paying attention.
    When they’re staring down a barrel of you’re personal protection weapon, it will surely get their attention.
    The last thing a rapist should see is the “muzzle flash”.

    • chocopot

      If I had a daughter on a college campus, I would instruct her to carry, left-wing a–hole adminstration be damned.

  • Jake Thomas

    “Stupid in a public place” Gotta love that comment. When I’m with my little girl and we continually see drivers doing stupid things, her favorite saying is “We just drove into a cloud of stupid” Even she gets it.

  • Shorty Stuff

    I would carry anyway, then work to replace those in the legislature that voted to not allow campus carry. Better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.

  • Adrian Vance

    I was raised on a college campus by two college professors and let me tell you that some Ph.D.s are just about the most stupid people you could ever know, but they couch it in fancy words.

    See The Two Minute Conservative via Google or: and when you speak ladies will swoon and liberal gentlemen will weep.

  • A. Rizvi

    Mosques does not preach to kill any human being. It is a sin kill any one. Some of the radicals have deviated from Islam and use the oil money to kill Jews Christians and
    Muslims who do not conform to their radical principles.

    • Wizzardly

      yeah, right:

      “Kill the unbelievers wherever you find them.” Koran 2:191
      “Make war on the infidels living in your neighborhood.” Koran 9:123
      “When opportunity arises, kill the infidels wherever you catch them.”
      Koran 9:5
      “Any religion other than Islam is not acceptable.” Koran 3:85
      “The Jews and the Christians are perverts; fight them.”… Koran 9:30
      “Maim and crucify the infidels if they criticize Islam” Koran 5:33
      “Punish the unbelievers with garments of fire, hooked iron rods, boiling water; melt their skin and bellies.” Koran 22:19
      “The unbelievers are stupid; urge the Muslims to fight them.” Koran

      “Muslims must not take the infidels as friends.” Koran 3:28
      “Terrorize and behead those who believe in scriptures other than the
      Qur’an.” Koran 8:12
      “Muslims must muster all weapons to terrorize the infidels.” Koran

    • Major Domo

      That is a big load of crap.

  • DigitheadRex

    Why not act like damned fools. It’s worked for liberals for years. I’d really prefer that the only fluids spilled during an attempted rape be the attacker’s blood.

  • Mickey

    “A nod is as good as a wink to a blind horse”?

  • Dadwasright

    If anything happens SUE ALL OF THEM. Those who made the decision SUE THEM. THOSE who enforced it SUE THEM. Anyone who thinks it is a good idea SUE THEM. Seems even really stupid people understand being sued, so SUE THEM. I do not like it , what can you do ?

  • lj

    Have the administrators sign an agreement that they are responsible for any and all injuries (physical, mental, and or emotional) of any and all persons on school properties that result form not being able to protect themselves due to the “no carry” policy of the school.