Faculty at Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) canceled a longstanding National Rifle Association (NRA) class thanks to new restrictions laid down by the school’s board of trustees, according to Campus Reform, a freedom-oriented watchdog group monitoring the nation’s college campuses.
The new regulations, which apply to all nine campuses of the LACCD system, will ban all firearms, including those that are “non-operational and in the instructional setting” from school grounds.
The rules make an exception for “non-operational” weapons used in “theatrical performances,” but not for the non-credit firearms class which the school has offered in conjunction with the NRA for the last six years.
Board of Trustees Vice President Scott Svonkin, author the resolution that ushered in the new rules, told Campus Reform last Monday he believes school’s have no place teaching students how to use guns—but that its educators and faculty do have a responsibility to “promote gun control.”
“We should make sure that students don’t come to campus being afraid to run into somebody with a gun,” Svonkin said.
He argued it was necessary to ban “non-operational” guns, because although they could not hurt anyone, they could scare students.
Should the trustees have the authority to limit both 1st and 2nd Amendment freedoms for the entire system? Let us hear from you in the comment section. You can also contact the LACCD Board of Trustees Vice President Scott Svonkin to express your views.
Watch NRA’s Cam Edwards invite Trustee Svonkin to his program to discuss why ignorance is better than education: