By Seth Richardson
In the Denver Post today, a story by Boulder Daily Camera writer Brittany Anas says that CU physics professor Jerry Peterson has threatened to cancel classes if he finds that one of his students is lawfully armed. “My own personal policy in my classes is if I’m aware that there is a firearm in the class–registered or unregistered–concealed or unconcealed–the class session is immediately cancelled,” Peterson is quoted as saying. “I want my students to feel unconstrained in their discussions.”
This sort of irrational fear of law-abiding citizens who go to the trouble of getting a permit to carry a concealed handgun is typical of hoplophobes. The word was coined in 1962 by one of the leading figures in armed self-defense training, the late Col. Jeff Cooper, who coined it in his book “To Ride, Shoot Straight, and Speak The Truth.” Cooper opined that hoplophobia was a “mental disturbance characterized by irrational aversion to weapons.” It derives from the word “hoplite,” which refers to the ancient Greek citizen-soldier who was expected to procure his own weapons and armor in order to serve in the militia when called to duty. The Spartans are perhaps the best known hoplites thanks to movies like “300.”
In the present usage, it means, broadly, “those who have an irrational fear of an armed citizenry,” a mental disturbance that’s quite typically seen in academia, which is these days severely infested with liberal panty-waists, Progressives and outright Marxists, all of whom see an armed citizenry as both a threat to their personal aggregations of power and privilege, and as an obstacle to their left-wing political agenda that requires a disarmed public in order to facilitate the sort of oppressive government control that these sort of wanna-be despots so desperately want in power.
An armed citizenry has always been an obstacle to tyranny and despotism, as well as a deterrent to criminality, as the Spartans and the authors of the U.S. Constitution well knew, which is precisely why the Founders forbade the federal government from infringing upon the right of the people to keep and bear arms.
When the Colorado General Assembly passed the Concealed Carry Act in 2003, it intended to divest not just the Regents of the University, but also every state employee, which includes professors, of any authority to regulate the lawful carrying of concealed weapons on campus. So when Professor Peterson threatens to cancel classes if he finds someone lawfully carrying a handgun, he’s violating state law. That’s bad enough, but what’s worse is that he is also defrauding the students who have paid to attend his classes, and the people of the State of Colorado who pay his salary. We don’t pay him to make hoplophobic political statements, we pay him to teach classes and ignore students who are lawfully exercising their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
If he can’t bring himself to be in the classroom with a lawfully-carried handgun, then he needs to be dismissed from his position at a public university and told to seek employment somewhere else. And if the Regents won’t do it, then some student who is defrauded by Professor Peterson by having a bought-and-paid-for class dismissed because Professor Peterson suffers from hoplophobia should sue the University and force them to either fire Peterson or order him to obey state law and do his job.
© 2012 Altnews