I noticed in the news that the state of Kansas has passed a Constitutional Carry law. This comes on the heels of passing a Campus-Carry law. Essentially, anyone with a gun is now sanctioned to carry it concealed on any public Kansas campus. I'm aware of several there states that are moving down this path. I'm curious… does anyone care about this? Do such laws influence your job-seeking decision making?
Date: 14 Apr 2015 22:11
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I'm pretty sure there are some faculty members in my department who would refuse to teach a class in which a student had a concealed gun. (My university does not permit guns on campus, except for the campus police.)
that is something i've thought about when considering positions in e.g. colorado. This for me falls under the bigger umbrella of "could I work in a city/state that did not share my political views" and I haven't had to make that decision yet (though working in the state of new york the number of 'repeal the safe act signs' i see as soon as it gets a bit rural freaks me out)
Definitely a consideration for me. It not only speaks to the political views of the region, but also is a safety concern. Stand your ground laws (Florida and Texas, at least) are also scary, although it is reassuring to see that how these laws are carried out is more reasonable than the laws themselves.
The political climate in the USA is one of the main reasons I limited my search to Canada, Europe and Australia.
as someone from a rural town in the south, i would caution against assuming that everyone in a particular place subscribes to the same set of political views. there are liberals and conservatives, evangelical fundamentalists and atheists, and educated and ignorant people everywhere.
try not to judge, and evaluate a place based on the merits, not on some blanket assumption.
all of that being said, i have no desire to return to the rural south…
Texas here. Not looking forward to the impending silliness of guns on our campuses. I guarantee that before any single "campus shooting" scenario is stopped by a student with a gun, there will be far more accidental injuries and heated fights or even purposeful (non-planned) shootings on campuses. We'll be spending a ton of money to put gun lockers in every building on campus on this vague fantasy that bystanders packing guns will shoot the perpetrator of a school shooting before the police get there. All a school shooter would have to do is start shooting during regular class times, when the guns are locked up and out of reach. This is the dumbest idea and is only going to cost more money and cause more problems than is simply disallowing guns on campus.