We discussed it this morning over breakfast, and she said that the topic has really only come up in one of her classes and surprisingly, her professor was adamant (despite vigorous disagreement by a few students) that additional gun control would do "absolutely nothing" to prevent things like this from happening in the future.
Her argument was simple and concise. People who commit atrocities like this are not concerned one iota about what is legal and what isn't, they are only intent on getting the job done, and will use whatever "weapon" they have to use in order to accomplish their goal.
I always try to discuss current events like this, as I am curious about what she is being fed by her college professors.
Granted, my daughter is a Finance major (probably not the largest bastion of liberal think), and the particular class that this was discussed in was Foundations of Risk Management.
I'm guessing on average, her professors are going to be more conservative than those in other majors, but it's nice to hear that the liberal/progressive trash we so often hear about on college campuses isn't always the case.
There is hope.
Professors and classes of the more esoteric type that rely on theory, emotion and feelings ie gender studies, behavioral sciences etc are usually on the liberal bend of the gun argument.
I don't know about your daughter, but my political opinions were already firmly in place by the time I went to college. My college professors did little to change or reaffirm them. In fact, I rather enjoyed debating certain topics with some of my more liberal educators, who were abundant at Colorado University in Boulder in the early '80s.
I think some people give educators too much credit for shaping the political opinions of college age kids. Sure, the professors influence some students, but I'd argue most of those kids lack a proper foundation from home. Or the kids simply take the opposite side of the fence as their parents as a form of rebellious independence.
From what I know about you, I doubt your daughter is that malleable.
I suspect you are exactly right.
When I speak to my daughters old suitemate, who is a Literature major, I get a whole different perspective.
Yeah, "malleable" is not a word I would use to describe her. Not in any way, shape, or form. She's a lot like her old man that way, but more like her mom in that she isn't very vocal about it, nor does she feel the need to change anyone else's opinion. Having said that, she will listen respectfully to what anyone has to say...and then proceed to do or think whatever the hell she has decided to do or think.
She had to do a verbal presentation for a class a while back and she ran it by me to see what I thought. When she was done, I asked her if she truly believed what she was saying and she basically said "not really, but my professor does, and all I want is the grade. What do I care, once this class is over, I'll never see him again."
In that respect, she's smarter than me.
Best of Luck, Jeff
In this particular case, the professor is a female.
Even Better !
What did she have her masters in?
Very true, and not all college kids are the clueless snowflakes we see belching out their moronic theories to anyone with a microphone.
We seem so quick to showcase the idiots, it's just nice to show the opposite once in a while. Heck, my daughter attends a university that only had one protester show up when Ben Shapiro came to speak to a standing room only crowd. And to his credit, even the protester was polite.
I feel very fortunate.
I attended grad school at a place that carried the torch for the free market movement, the University of Chicago. This was the home of Milton, Fama, Coase, and Becker and their idealogies were clearly alive and well in the professors I had.
This concept of liberal brainwashing at our colleges and universities doesn't match any of the experience I had.
Interesting. I had a job from the age of 16 years on, paid for my own degree that way. Not working was not an option in my family. My family always ate meals together, too, and politics was often a subject of conversation at the dinner table, so many of my opinions were formed long before college.
But, like you, politics wasn't at the forefront in college. It took a back seat to playing ball, drinking beer, chasing women, and occasionally studying. ;-)
We had very similar backgrounds Matt, except my first job was at 12, as was my daughter's. Political as well as financial discussions were the norm at our dinner table also.
My daughter has filed her own tax returns since she was required to file. Aside from actually working, in my opinion this is one of the best lessons we can ever teach a child.
The realization that the money that they don't "get back," THEIR money, goes to fund all the wonderful things that "the government" pays for is a real eye opener.
This is in an area that primarily votes Republican (Red)...so I attribute this to the University and/or the large population of "Snowflakes" in the Community.