Here’s an update on the status of guns at Baa Ram U. from the Denver Post: The “Board of Governors on Friday voted 9-0 to implement a policy that will likely lead to a ban on concealed weapons on the university’s campuses.” (Good news, I suppose, but this sounds like just another example of university policies being written by the university counsel!) Hillariously the story reports that “[s]tudent leaders say allowing students with permits to carry weapons means everyone is safer — especially women — despite what other schools have done or what an international study by law enforcement contends.”
Well–what do actual women students, faculty and staff at Baa Ram U. think? Does the reporter bother to talk to any actual XX chromosome people? Not according to the version of the story published in the Post. No, all of the “student leaders” quoted in the story are men, as are all of the faculty members in the story and the one member of the Board quoted here. But, we’re supposed to trust the “student leader” who said, “I’ve had many say how it makes women feel safer on campus, knowing they can conceal and carry.” (“Many say?” Did this guy even talk to a single woman? Or is he quoting just more men who claim that more guns make women feel so much safer?)
So, not only are we the inheritors of a legacy of gun ownership that is deeply gendered (see my book if you want the details. It’s true! Girls write about the historical patterns and meaning of gun ownership, too!); in this news story, even talking about guns is something only D00dz can do. No women are permitted to speak for themselves–although apparently we’re highly useful to male students who want to make arguments about our feelings of safety that support their point of view.