Does EMU have a clear and consistently enforced policy on the carrying of firearms on campus?

In 2017, the state of Georgia passed a law allowing guns to be carried on campus. To date, I don’t believe there have been any instances of gun-carrying students thwarting terrorist attacks. Today, a University of Georgia student did inadvertently shoot himself through the leg while studying Chemistry, though.

Coincidentally, at roughly the same time this Chemistry student in Georgia was protecting himself from his own leg, a reader of this site – a person who refers to himself as Wobblie – left the following comment, after having exchanged words with an armed Eastern Michigan University student.

Just had an experience that encapsulates much of the rot that is 21st Century America. Was at the UM Credit Union that is in the EMU Student Center. While standing there I looked over at the guy next to me and saw he was packing a semi-automatic handgun. I looked at him again and saw he was not uniformed. I informed the clerk that there was a man who was openly carrying a firearm. She was totally clueless as to what I was saying. I accosted the man/child about openly carrying in a bank within an educational institution. He responded, “It is concealed”. Just how stupid is that? I’m looking at his gun and he maintains that it’s concealed – and this is someone who is evidently a college student. I called the EMU Police to inform them. The dispatch operator did not know there was a bank in the student center. Our culture is doomed. I am beginning to think it is hopeless.

First, yes, there is apparently a UM Credit Union branch office on the EMU campus. And, second, yes, EMU does have a rule prohibiting weapons on campus… As for whether or not EMU actively enforces the rule, I can’t say. If anyone with firsthand information would like to leave a comment, I’d appreciate it. I’d like to know, among other things, how EMU officers are trained to respond when incidents like these are brought to their attention. It doesn’t sound as though, at least in this case, the issue was taken very seriously. And I’d like to know if that’s the norm… Also, I don’t have any artwork for this post, so, if you’d like to draw an EMU student carrying a gun, or something, I’d appreciate it.

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2 Comments

  1. iRobert
    Posted October 8, 2019 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    These are all excellent questions, Mark. And once someone is shot on campus, I am sure somebody will look into answering them.

  2. John Brown
    Posted October 9, 2019 at 4:56 am | Permalink

    Don’t take your guns to town, Son, leave your guns at home.

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