An opinion piece published in The New York Times from an Idaho biology professor poses an important question. Since the Idaho State Legislature is likely to approve a bill permitting guns on college and university campuses, Professor Hampikian would like to know when he may shoot a student. His witty op-ed calls attention to the problems inherent in this extremely misguided policy.

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“I have had encounters with disgruntled students over the years, some of whom seemed quite upset, but I always assumed that when they reached into their backpacks they were going for a pencil. Since I carry a pen to lecture, I did not feel outgunned; and because there are no working sharpeners in the lecture hall, the most they could get off is a single point,” the professor notes. “But now that we’ll all be packing heat, I would like legal instruction in the rules of classroom engagement.”