Armed at Home Controversy
By this stage is the game it is bewildering that we should still need to explain the reasons to be armed at home. Nonetheless, a recent interview of Massad Ayoob and the topic of being armed, carrying a gun, while at home was somehow seen as shocking or controversial.
We have a “Vagination Report” for you with the beloved theme music. Yet again we must report of the state of decay that is our collegiate system. This time the offending parties are students at the University of Minnesota. Duct tape is suggested.
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- Mas Ayoob: Armed at home, what is so controversial about wearing your damn gun?
- *Cautionary tales about shooting someone “outside” of you home.
- Sex education with Professor Paul
- #VaginationReport: In a Nod to ‘Gender Inclusivity,’ University of Minnesota Drops King & Queen From Homecoming Titles
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Live in a bad neighborhood? Been subjected to threats of violence? Does the nightly news have you worried about home invasions? These and many other reasons may lead the armed citizen to think that answering the door with a gun in hand is the best solution to an unexpected knock on the door late a night. Network Advisory Board member Massad Ayoob says, “Don’t do that!” That may seem counter-intuitive until one probes deeper into issues identified through Ayoob’s depth of experience and training, as well as the strong legal-concerns viewpoint he brings to his use of force classes. Ayoob is trainer of international reputation, court recognized expert witness on use of force matters, and author of over 20 books, plus countless magazine articles and recorded lectures.
In the following interview, Ayoob details court cases stemming from armed citizens going to the door with a gun in hand to respond to an unexpected knock or to investigate suspicious noises outside the door. We switch now to our Q & A format to preserve the clarity of Ayoob’s observations.
eJournal: I was a little surprised when this topic came up, Mas, because on the surface, it is pretty easy to understand one who is not a deep thinker subscribing to the idea of a gun in the hand when opening the door as a reasonable response to crime. What cases support your advice to certainly be armed and ready, but keep your hands empty?
Ayoob: We had one in 2012 in Lake County, FL. The police officers are looking for a very dangerous suspect and knocked on this fellow’s door. He is aware, apparently, that there is a manhunt underway for said dangerous subject and he opens the door with a gun in his hand. The deputies perceived the gun pointed at them, and they drew their weapons, opened fire and killed him. That would have been July of 2012 in Lake County, FL.
Alums returning to the University of Minnesota for homecoming this year are in for a quite the shock. In a move to reflect more “gender inclusivity,” Minnesota has decided to remove the King and Queen titles from their Homecoming Court.
Instead, the student elected to the Homecoming Court will be referred to as, “Royals.”
Marissa Suitor, Student Advisor for Events and Activities, spoke about what led to the change: “We had noticed that other schools had made a change to make their Homecoming Court more gender neutral.”
Another organizer, Devin Graf, said, “Royal was a nice way to sum up exactly what we’re looking for our Royalty Court. They’re ambassadors of spirit for the University of Minnesota. It’s a really great opportunity and it has nothing to do with gender.”
According to Graf, dropping the titles of King and Queen won’t be the only changes coming to the Homecoming Court. In addition, the ten members of the Homecoming Court will no longer have to five males and five females.
Graf said, “It can be 10 boys, 10 girls, 10 non-binary students, 10 transgender students. Any combination can work.”
According to CBS Minnesota, “The legacy of Homecoming Kings and Queens at the U dates back to 1931 when Marion Sanders was crowned the first Queen.”
University of Minnesota students, binary or otherwise, will have until March 31st to enter the contest to become royalty. The elections take place in mid-April.