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Thu., Nov. 14, 2013, 8:40 a.m.

SR: Colleges Smart To Ban Guns

The gun controversy at Gonzaga University has drawn national attention, but it doesn’t warrant policy changes that would allow weapons at that private institution, or its public counterparts. On Oct. 24, seniors Erik Fagan and Daniel McIntosh faced a man who they say knocked on their apartment door, entered and asked for money. When the intruder wouldn’t leave, McIntosh retrieved and brandished a pistol, which apparently prompted the intruder’s departure. The students reported the incident to campus police, who subsequently seized the pistol and a shotgun because the campus has a strict no-guns policy that extends to its off-campus housing, where the duo live. The two students said they weren’t aware of the policy, which is published in the student handbook. Whether the campus police needed to return at 2 a.m. to confiscate the weapons is questionable; that could have waited until later in the day. The students did not pose a threat, and they had just been through a disturbing encounter/Spokesman-Review Editorial Board. More here.

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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