I’m Not The Victim–Again!

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I'm Not The Victim--Again!

The mes­sage from a Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity police detec­tive wasn’t sub­tle. If I car­ried a weapon on cam­pus, I would be fired.

When I got the tele­phone call, I thought per­haps the police were fol­low­ing up on my harass­ment by a group of teenagers on cam­pus — an inci­dent I wrote about a few weeks ago.

See https://​word​press​.com/​p​o​s​t​/​d​a​t​e​c​h​g​u​y​b​l​o​g​.​c​o​m​/​109528

In that col­umn, I had noted the Tem­ple pol­icy pro­hibit­ing con­cealed car­ry­ing of weapons.

The uni­ver­sity sits in North Philadel­phia, bor­dered by some of the most dan­ger­ous neigh­bor­hoods in the city. So far, more than 300 mur­ders have been com­mit­ted over the past year, an increase of 8 percent.

Sev­eral times each week I receive text alerts about crim­i­nal activ­ity in the area, warn­ing me and oth­ers to stay away from inci­dents that usu­ally involve a weapon. Also, a few years ago, Tem­ple was deemed as No. 15 on the list of most dan­ger­ous col­lege cam­puses, accord­ing to The Daily Beast. For more infor­ma­tion, here are some data about the safety of uni­ver­si­ties in Philadel­phia: https://​bil​lypenn​.com/​2017​/​08​/​21​/​w​h​i​c​h​-​p​h​i​l​l​y​-​a​r​e​a​-​c​o​l​l​e​g​e​-​c​a​m​p​u​s​-​i​s​-​t​h​e​-​s​a​f​e​s​t​-​h​e​r​e​s​-​w​h​a​t​-​t​h​e​-​n​u​m​b​e​r​s​-say/

What’s par­tic­u­larly odd about the anti-​weapon pol­icy is that many pub­lic streets run through the cam­pus, includ­ing Broad Street, one of the major avenues in the city.

It would appear that a non-​Temple employee could carry a weapon on these streets despite the uni­ver­sity pro­hi­bi­tion. In fact, the inci­dent I described occurred about 100 feet from a pub­lic street.

More­over, the guns laws in Philadel­phia are among the strictest in the coun­try. It took me sev­eral weeks to obtain a per­mit, includ­ing an exten­sive back­ground check.

Twelve states allow guns on col­lege cam­puses. Twenty-​two states, includ­ing Penn­syl­va­nia, allow guns on cam­pus at the dis­cre­tion of the uni­ver­sity. Tem­ple, for what­ever rea­son, decided to ban weapons. For more infor­ma­tion, see https://​www​.cam​pus​safe​t​y​magazine​.com/​u​n​i​v​e​r​s​i​t​y​/​l​i​s​t​-​o​f​-​s​t​a​t​e​s​-​t​h​a​t​-​a​l​l​o​w​-​c​o​n​c​e​a​l​e​d​-​c​a​r​r​y​-​g​u​n​s​-​o​n​-​c​a​mpus/

When I asked the detec­tive who had pro­vided infor­ma­tion about my “intent” to carry a weapon, I was told that was confidential.

It’s inter­est­ing to me that my col­league, Marc Lam­ont Hill, is cling­ing to his job at Tem­ple under the pro­vi­sions of the First Amend­ment. Oth­ers, how­ever, would lose their job if they claimed pro­tec­tion under the Sec­ond Amendment.

Finally, here’s a note to Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity police: Please don’t con­tact me again. I don’t intend to carry a weapon on cam­pus. But thanks for mak­ing me feel like the guilty party one more time.

Update DTG: Insta­lanche and a story well worth it. Christo­pher Harper is likely the most dis­tin­guished of our writ­ers and his work deserves a lot more atten­tion as does this dis­grace at Tem­ple U and if you think this site and our writ­ers are still worth sup­port­ing after 10 years please con­sider kick­ing in here:



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The message from a Temple University police detective wasn’t subtle. If I carried a weapon on campus, I would be fired.

When I got the telephone call, I thought perhaps the police were following up on my harassment by a group of teenagers on campus—an incident I wrote about a few weeks ago.

See https://wordpress.com/post/datechguyblog.com/109528

In that column, I had noted the Temple policy prohibiting concealed carrying of weapons.

The university sits in North Philadelphia, bordered by some of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the city. So far, more than 300 murders have been committed over the past year, an increase of 8 percent.

Several times each week I receive text alerts about criminal activity in the area, warning me and others to stay away from incidents that usually involve a weapon. Also, a few years ago, Temple was deemed as No. 15 on the list of most dangerous college campuses, according to The Daily Beast. For more information, here are some data about the safety of universities in Philadelphia: https://billypenn.com/2017/08/21/which-philly-area-college-campus-is-the-safest-heres-what-the-numbers-say/

What’s particularly odd about the anti-weapon policy is that many public streets run through the campus, including Broad Street, one of the major avenues in the city.

It would appear that a non-Temple employee could carry a weapon on these streets despite the university prohibition. In fact, the incident I described occurred about 100 feet from a public street.

Moreover, the guns laws in Philadelphia are among the strictest in the country. It took me several weeks to obtain a permit, including an extensive background check.

Twelve states allow guns on college campuses. Twenty-two states, including Pennsylvania, allow guns on campus at the discretion of the university. Temple, for whatever reason, decided to ban weapons. For more information, see https://www.campussafetymagazine.com/university/list-of-states-that-allow-concealed-carry-guns-on-campus/

When I asked the detective who had provided information about my “intent” to carry a weapon, I was told that was confidential.

It’s interesting to me that my colleague, Marc Lamont Hill, is clinging to his job at Temple under the provisions of the First Amendment. Others, however, would lose their job if they claimed protection under the Second Amendment.

Finally, here’s a note to Temple University police: Please don’t contact me again. I don’t intend to carry a weapon on campus. But thanks for making me feel like the guilty party one more time.

Update DTG: Instalanche and a story well worth it. Christopher Harper is likely the most distinguished of our writers and his work deserves a lot more attention as does this disgrace at Temple U and if you think this site and our writers are still worth supporting after 10 years please consider kicking in here:



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