Military Twenty-One Gun Salute Is Gun Violence?
Just when I think I’ve heard it all one more group of wackos come out of the woodwork to show me how misinformed I am.
This time it’s the University of Virginia and their president James Ryan who decided that a Veterans Day tradition needed to be retired.
A planned 21-gun salute to our troops might have upset the “snowflake” students at the U of V.
Here’s University President James Ryan’s explanation:
“First, to minimize disruptions to classes, given that this event is located at the juncture of four primary academic buildings and is held at a time that classes are in session; and second, recognizing concerns related to firing weapons on the Grounds in light of gun violence that has happened across our nation, especially on school and university campuses,” the president wrote.
Trying To Think Logically Is A Challenge
Let’s see if we can break down the president’s thoughts. First of all, I thought November 11th, Veterans Day was a school holiday. Perhaps not when it comes to Virginia schools.
Let’s assume that it’s not a holiday. In that case shouldn’t the students be dismissed from class to attend this appreciation of our military if they so desire?
I understand it’s not gay rights or climate change in the order of importance to the university hierarchy, but I think this decision is much ado about nothing.
Some Final Thoughts
To paraphrase a line from the movie “Cool Hand Luke” — a university campus where the very purpose of the institution is to inform and educate — “What we have here is a failure to communicate.”
As the culture and traditions of our great country ebb slowly into the sunset without challenge I wonder what it will take to make America Great Again?
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