One man was killed and eleven people were injured at an off-campus party among students at Youngstown State University over the weekend. Strangely, the angle of this story at Inside Higher Ed is the danger of off-campus fraternity parties, not the danger of this nation’s promiscuous access to firearms.
I’m glad that the national media are interested in violence in college parties in the case of a deadly shooting. Usually, the violence directed at women (in the form of sexual assault) and young men physically assaulted by other men at fraternity parties never even gets reported, let alone media attention.
Here’s something from the Denver Post’s AP wire story that interested me this morning:
“This is one of those days that every university president across the country, as well as many other officials, always dread,” [Youngstown State U]niversity president Cynthia Anderson said at a news conference on campus. She had visited the wounded and their families at the hospital earlier in the day.
Anderson said she had been assured by police that there was no threat to the northeast Ohio campus.
No threat at all–except for the existential threat we all live under in the land of the free and the home of the brave: people everywhere in these United States can be armed, dangerous, and prone to shoot up a crowd just because.