So the level of brainwashing that has been inflicted upon our youth has been quite apparent over the past few weeks of reading the Washington State University news paper. The first article is an effort to bring a little bit of Brittan right here to the heartland of America.
The Pullman Police Department will install security cameras in high
crime public areas in College Hill as a part of a two-year grant the
police department received from the United States Department of Justice.
The royal kicker though is what the editorial board admits in a following opinion piece.
The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board would like to urge students to
accept and support the installation of security cameras in Adam’s Mall.
The cameras will probably do little to deter crime as drunken brawlers
are unlikely to consider the fact that a camera is watching them.
(Emphasis mine.) They readily admit that the cameras will not deter crime. The school continues to prohibit the ability for students to lawfully carry on campus and the paper is more than supportive against allowing lawful carry. Yet they are more than willing to argue that students throw away their privacy for semblance of security. It is a public place after all so really how much privacy should you have. Well the editorial board obviously doesn’t care considering the following piece I saw in yesterdays paper.
Barring campus police from patrolling the most densely populated living areas on campus is a huge mistake.
Residence halls are not private residences. They are not houses
or apartments – they are more akin to hotels. They are places students
stay for a few short months, then leave for vacation, then come back to
again, then leave, return, leave for the summer and usually never return
About 5 years ago while I was a student there was a court case involving unnecessary access by police to the residence halls. The judge ruled that the police were not allowed access to the dorms except in an emergency. The reasoning is that dorms were a residence much like an apartment building. Evidently the editorial board is acting like their brethren the Brady Campaign in ignoring the reasoning behind the case. The editors would prefer to ignore this much like CSGV disregards Heller and McDonald.
Further the comparison they use to a hotel fails their litmus test, not to mention their other excuses as well. The police are not allowed to meander around the halls of a hotel without cause or warrant. Their statements smack of a belief that the police exist to operate as an RA for the school.
RAs have complete access to each individual’s room within a
residence hall. They are the ones now expected to enforce the law within
the dorms. The only problem is, RAs are students like the rest of us.
They are subject to enjoying the same vices they are supposed to be on
the lookout for.
Police officers have years of training and experience when it comes to upholding the law. RAs do not.
The job of the RA is not to enforce the law, but to ensure the dorm rules are followed and mediate disputes. If the law is broken it is the job of the police to investigate after the fact. It is not the job of the police to prevent crime, that is the job of the populace at large. In other words, fellow residents should be acting in a manner to aid in preventing crime. The police have no duty to protect and it is the responsibility of the citizen to protect themselves and their property.
The Daily Evergreen Editorial Board is doing no good by attempting to destroy the rights of their fellow students. Many fought long and hard to secure their right from the police unlawfully entering their place of residence. While living in the dorms, many leave their doors open not out of want or an open door policy, but because it is so damn hot they need the air flow. An officer walking up and down the hall would now be able to see into the room by incidental viewing. He could also achieve this as they occupant gains entrance into their room and close the door behind them. With so many laws and rules on the books now, why are you attempting to surrender one of your defenses from their abuse?
While many college campuses swing a bit to the left, this over reliance on the state and belief that the police are the solution to all their problems is very disconcerting. Doubly so when you consider the fact that they have not bothered to look into the context of why the push was made to throw officers out of the dorms. The universities own rules as well as the expectation of privacy created the reasons the police were illegal within the dorms. The Daily Evergreen Editorial board should examine its view on personal liberty and freedom and explain why they believe that college students should surrender it because they are attending school. Because some students are criminals doesn’t make them all criminals and the law exists to protect the innocent, not catch the criminal. That is not a bug, it’s a feature.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.