This is an academic institution?: Los Angeles City College censoring word "gun" from catalog

So much for the open discussion of ideas.  Los Angeles City College apparently is planning banning the word "gun" from course catalogs.
The word “gun” conjures up a mental image of a gun. Guns kill people. Conclusion: the word must be banned from the college catalog for Los Angeles City College, the immense tax-funded community college with multiple campuses. 
The NRA teaches a course on gun safety. That course is now banned. 
There will be no guns on campus, except in theatrical productions. 
If a book has the word gun in it, the book is not subject to the ban, but no mention of it must appear in the catalog. Otherwise, it would give the wrong idea. 
Scott Svonkin, the Vice President of the Board of Trustees, introduced the ban. He explained his position. The school must not teach students how to use guns. The faculty must promote gun control. 
“We should make sure that students don’t come to campus being afraid to run into somebody with a gun.” . . .
The motivation for the ban is summed up here.
“A course on gun safety is a real threat,” he said. “I believe that the NRA’s goal is to promote gun ownership, and that guns lead to deaths. So, not having the NRA teach classes, not having the NRA classes on our campuses, is a good thing.” . . .
Here was an example of something from 2009.
. . . Jonathan Lopez, who is working on his associate of arts degree at Los Angeles City College, quoted a dictionary definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman and cited several Bible verses during a public speaking class in late November, his suit says. His professor, John Matteson, interrupted, called Lopez a "fascist bastard" and refused to let him finish his address, according to the suit.  
The professor also refused to give Lopez a grade for the speech, telling him to "ask God" for his mark, the suit alleges. And when Lopez complained to college officials, Matteson threatened to have him expelled, the suit says. . . .

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Blogger JG said...

Svonkin is a fool. There is an LA County Sheriff's substation located on the LACC campus. There's armed security on campus 24/7. The campus is in a seedy neighborhood. There are armed guards located across the street from the campus protecting medical marijuana shops.

8/25/2013 11:24 AM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...


1: Often capitalized: a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition

2: a tendency toward or actual exercise of strong autocratic or dictatorial control

Kinda sounds like the Professor, and not the student, doesn't it?

8/26/2013 1:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I'm sure Mr. Svonkin is a rabid supporter of Himself - Obama. Obama vaporizes men, women and children at will with drones. Does LA City College also censor the word "drone"?

I've started to reread "1984". Truth is indeed stranger than fiction!

8/26/2013 3:15 PM  

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