Art college throws cold water on cops packing heat

Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Bob Kellogg, Billy Davis (OneNewsNow.com)

Second Amendment repeal - no gunsDespite the constant danger of school shootings in this country, a historic Boston college is continuing a controversial policy: unarmed campus police officers.

Trustees at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design recently voted to keep the campus a gun-free zone according to The Boston Herald, which quoted a police sergeant, Matt Hurley, who angrily denounced the decision.

“Parents have an expectation that when they send their child off to school at MassArt," said Hurley, "that since there is a police department there, they have nothing to worry about. This is just wrong.”

The police sergeant pointed out that officers are wearing Kevlar vests but are themselves unarmed.

MassArt is famously one of the oldest arts colleges in the country, and today the campus of approximately 2,000 students includes academic buildings, art studios and art galleries, student dormitories, and a campus bookstore, cafeteria, health center, and library --- and none of them protected by an armed police officer.  

Project 21 member Council Nedd, who is himself a law officer, says the decision smells of politics, not public safety.

"They don't like guns and they don't like the police," he suspects. "So they don't want the police to have guns in school."

In a Feb. 5 meeting described by the Herald as "contentious" and "packed" with attendees, the trustees voted 8-2 to continue the controversial policy.

The college's president, David Nelson, called it "not only unnecessary but unwise" to arm the campus cops.

The college is the only four-year state college with unarmed officers, the Herald reported.

"With the increase in school shootings," Nedd observes, "the increased disregard that bad guys have for maintaining peace in society, and in light of the ever-increasing attacks on police, this is just absurd."

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