Salisbury releases plans for new campus construction


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This week at the university consortium, Salisbury University President Janet Dudley-Eshbach unveiled the campus’ new facilities master plan.

“(The plan) outlines enhancements to the university’s already vibrant learning environment, our arboretum and cultural offerings,” Dudley-Eshbach said. “(It) identifies improvements that will add utilitarian and beautiful spaces to learn, research, live, create and perform.  Each project moves us closer to the vision of a campus that ranks as one of the nation’s best mid-sized universities, both public and private.”

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Brain power: SUSRC showcases student talent

Timothy Young


Salisbury University’s annual student research conference took place Friday showcasing the professional research and fresh ideas undergraduate and graduate students have been working on for months.

In the annual spring event, 100 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the conference, giving presentations in 20 different categories.

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Relay For Life raises over $100k for cancer research

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Last night through this morning, hundreds gathered on the Salisbury University campus for the annual Relay for Life in order to raise money for cancer research, in total pulling together $107,151.56.

In order to raise money, students and staff formed relay teams around friend and colleague groups, as well as around registered student organizations and raised money for their team.

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Maryland’s efforts to stop coastal erosion

By Emily Clagett and Jamie Ott

Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to Ocean City to lay out on its wide, sandy beaches and soak up some sun, failing to realize those same beaches are slowly shrinking. Due to the ocean’s current, sand is constantly being pulled away from the shoreline and swept down south.

To try and counteract this natural phenomenon, every four years, the Town of Ocean City replenishes its beaches with hundreds of thousands of cubic meters of sand that has been brought in from other locations. The project, started in 1988, is called the Ocean City Beach Replenishment Project. The Beach Replenishment Project is necessary for maintaining wide, tourist-friendly beaches, but also for protecting the structures close to the water from storm damage. Brent Zaprowski, a geology professor at Salisbury University believes that this method has minimal impact on the environment.

“You’re just putting sand back and it’s a very natural process, it’s not intrusive,” says Zaprowski. Ocean City’s replenishment system may not have a large environmental impact, but it is a futile attempt to prevent the islands from migrating, a very natural process. “It’s kind of this never ending cycle of throwing money at a problem that’s never going to be solvable,” says Zaprowski. Another local beach, Assateague National Seashore, is facing similar problems yet has chosen a more cost-efficient method. The National Seashore has built mobile structures which allow the island to erode and restructure itself naturally without causing damages to the infrastructure. Zaprowski says it would be impractical for Ocean City to adopt Assateague’s technique in the future. “You have a lot of very permanent structures there,” explains Zaprowski, “you can’t just move them easily.”

Third case of tuberculosis on campus. Officials: if contacted, take action


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Following the diagnosis of a third student with active tuberculosis (TB) early this month, Salisbury University officials are pleased with the lack of panic while simultaneously imploring those contacted due to risk factors to be screened for the disease.

Associate Vice President of Student Affairs Mentha Hynes-Wilson commended the student body’s response to the outbreak—the first identified in decades, she said—but noted the importance of further action by those the university has reached out to.

“It’s been a very calm response, so I’ve been pleasantly surprised that there hasn’t been a lot of panic or hysteria, which is good,” Hynes-Wilson said. “People recognize that it is serious, but at the same time there are opportunities for us to be proactive.”

“It’s one of those situations where (TB screening) is the right thing to do. As young adults and citizens that care about your neighbors and your classmates, I’m appealing to everyone’s sense in that regard,” she said.

This latest student is the third since October to contract active TB, a disease which normally attacks the lungs, but can also reach any part of the body such as the kidneys, spine and brain and can be fatal if left untreated. Symptoms can include coughing (with the possible presence of blood), fever, chest pain and weakness.

While specific details on the infected students are being withheld to protect their confidentiality, Hynes-Wilson said based upon reports from the health department, all three students had been compliant with their treatment and are doing well.

Globally, 9 million people—mostly young adults—fell ill with TB and 1.5 million died from the disease, although most TB cases can be cured when medicines are provided and taken properly, according to the World Health Organization.

Working hand-in-hand, SU and the Wicomico Health Department have reached out via e-mail, phone calls and face-to-face classroom meetings by Student Health Services to staff, students and faculty that may have been in contact with the infected students, as well as to roommates and family members that may be at risk.

Dr. James Cockey, M.D., deputy health officer at the Wicomico Health Department, said that while the student response to their investigation has been much-improved—roughly 90 percent, according to Hynes-Wilson—it is important that full cooperation be reached in order to fully halt the outbreak.

“Early on, after the first case in the fall, the response was not wonderful and we did a lot of work with the SU administration to try to have them use some of the power they have to improve cooperation, and that was more effective,” Cockey said. “Now that there’s a second and third case, we’re finding a lot more cooperation… If people work with us and let us do the screening and testing, we will identify everyone who’s infected and treat them ahead of time before they get sick.

“This is all speculation, but it is entirely possible that if we’d had 100 percent cooperation from the get-go in our fall investigation it is possible… that the two subsequent cases may have been prevented,” he said.

Cockey also distinguished between being infected with TB and actually getting sick.

Exposure to the tuberculosis germ usually leads to what is known as latent tuberculosis, which is where the germ can linger in the individual’s body but do no harm and is non-infections, he said.

However, due to factors such as age and the condition of one’s immune system, people infected with the bacteria can develop active tuberculosis, which is both contagious and potentially deadly if untreated.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, TB is spread only by the inhalation of germs expelled by an infected person coughing, sneezing, speaking or singing, and cannot be caught through casual contact such as hand-shaking, sharing food or drinks or even kissing.

Victoria Lentz is the director of SU’s Student Health Services, and she recommended general health measures as the course of action that students who were not contacted should be taking.

“Good hand washing, covering your mouth when you cough, keeping your immune system healthy by going to bed at a decent hour, having a good diet, limiting your alcohol, no smoking—all those things which can impact your health,” Lentz said. “You want to keep your immune system in good shape so that when you do come into contact with viruses and bacteria it can do its job.”

The Wicomico Health Department is currently conducting genetic analysis on samples of the bacterium taken from the three infected students to determine whether they were infected from a common source—something the health department suspects—but the results of those tests take time and will not be conclusive for several months.

Screening for TB by health care professionals is simple, quick and relatively painless. It involves taking a particle of the actual TB germ, inserting it just beneath the skin of the forearm and examining the area 24-72 hours later.

Free, immediate TB screening is available for students that have been contacted about potential risk at Student Health Services in Holloway Hall, room 180.

Technology in the Classroom: A Revolution for Teachers and Students


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As technology pushes the world forward, classrooms across the country are discovering the new benefits and feats that this brings.

In 2013, Public Broadcasting Society Learning Media released their findings from a national survey of preschool through high school teachers which revealed that 74 percent believe technology enables them to reinforce and expand on content, while 68 percent expressed a craving for more technology in the classroom.

The same satisfaction with and yearning for technology in the classroom is reflected at the colligate level, especially at Salisbury University.

“Technology has expanded the ways that faculty and students can access information, share ideas, and engage in intellectual conversations,” Provost and Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs Diane Allen said.

“It provides personalization especially in a class where you have a lot of different level learners,” sophomore education student Emily Tucker said. “You can really personalize the lessons to your students.”

Many classes at SU utilize technologies like university provided computers in labs, projectors, screen sharing technologies, PowerPoints, video clips, clickers and more.

“I use clickers in my intro to journalism class and my writing for the professions class for quizzes and sometimes to interact throughout the lecture,” assistant professor of communication arts Jennifer Cox said. “But they’re kind of a pain… but they are nice for grading to just kind of have everything in the system; and the students really like it because it’s more interactive and engaging, and that is kind of the goal.”

The technology used by teachers and students is not limited to what students hold in their hands or have in the classroom, though.

“We use social media in all of my classes,” Cox said. “We primarily use Twitter, we have in some of my past classes used Instagram… and my study abroad class uses Facebook.”

Teachers also communicate with students to post announcements, have discussions, post PowerPoints and notes or even post full lectures through MyClasses and e-mail. Likewise, students have the option to take online, hybrid or long distance classes.

In an African literature class taught by associate professor of English James King, students dove further into the meaning of the novel they were reading, Arrows of Rain, by Skyping with the author of the book, Okey Ndibe.

“I wanted to give the students an opportunity to discuss a text with the author,” King said. “I think it helped them a great deal because they were able to ask specific questions to the author rather than having to derive answers from an interpretation of the text which might be inaccurate or not reflecting of the attitudes or opinions of the author.

Students asked him about the reason for the title of the book, if he identified himself with any of the characters and similar questions.

“In class you can only speculate as to what the author was thinking,” sophomore Chaimaka Ezeonyebuchi said, a student in King’s African literature class. “But you won’t actually know what the author was thinking unless you ask him that, and we got a chance to do that.”

This was the second time King had used Skype to speak with Ndibe for a class, and he has also used it in class to speak with Congolese author Emmanuel Dongala.

In many other classes, students use their own forms of technology to help them learn.

“In mobile journalism the technology is all in the students’ hands so it’s whatever they bring into the classroom,” Cox said. “It’s an iPhone usually, but I’ve had students bring in Galaxies, I’ve had students bring in tablets, laptops, whatever. Mobile is mobile. Anything you can pick up and take with you to report a story—that’s what we use.”

In the future, teachers and education students only see this technological presence growing, leading to more online classes and degrees, Smartboards and more. In fact, this semester an online social work masters degree was launched at SU, and an online Mmasters in business administration will begin in the fall.

“Honestly, as a future teacher it’s a little scary as to the extent it is growing because they are replacing us in a lot of respects,” Tucker said. “Now there’s online school for k-12 and in some states, it is a public school option depending on your qualifications. Now one teacher can speak to a couple hundred kids.”

SU students may feel more of a technological presence next year as well, when the campus fully switches to Canvas’ MyClasses, where teachers can post assignments and readings when classes must be canceled.

“State regulations require the University to provide a specific number of contact hours each semester,” Allen said. “Using Canvas is one way we can meet this requirement without extending the semester. Many faculty used online assignments during snow days this past semester, and I believe that number will increase.”

Although technology can streamline classes or allow for more opportunity for enhanced learning, both students and teachers can fall prey to leaning on technology too much for the wrong reasons.

One way students do this is by using the technology available to them in physical classrooms to occupy their minds with content other than that given by their professor, like scrolling through Facebook, checking e-mail or doing other work.

“Everybody thinks that they can multi-task,” Cox said. “But science and research has shown over and over again that you can’t. If you’re tuned into something else, you can’t focus on another thing. So unfortunately, when students are off task during class on social media, on the computer or texting even, it’s a hindrance to them.”

Although Cox said she understands this temptation because she has the same problem when taking seminars or classes, she feels bad for students now because there used to be no other options in class but to sleep or learn.

“Now, we’re so bombarded with distractions that it is hard to focus,” Cox said. “So I sympathize, but at the same time you have to be responsible for your actions and you have to be willing to give your education its full potential to impact you because otherwise you’re just cheating yourself.”

On the other side of education, occasionally teachers will use technology as a crutch so that they do not have to think of their own lesson plans or create their own teaching material.

“I definitely have an issue when I walk into a classroom and I see teachers sitting down and I see up on the screen a video of them lecturing, which is just weird, or sometimes it’s another person lecturing, and that is not okay,” Tucker said. “I think in that respect, if you don’t use it effectively, technology becomes less interactive because students are just watching.”

“I think for some teachers, it’s laziness,” Tucker continued. “There are things online that they can use like video clips, rather than them (explaining something). It’s one thing to use ideas or one video clip, but constantly using video clips or constantly watching videos or constantly using other peoples PowerPoints, it kind of gets to, ‘Why are you here?’ When you’re using those things and others’ full lesson plans found online to that extent, is it really personalized to your students? Is it really what you need? Is it really what’s in your curriculum? Or is it just convenient?”

Tucker suggests that if teachers cannot think of three specific ways that the technology will benefit their students, they shouldn’t use it.

However, many feel teachers and students are using their time and technology in valuable ways.

“As users of technology, each of us determines the impact, negative or positive, of its use,” Allen said. “I believe that faculty who use technology do so because it enhances their courses. Students who use technology for research, presentations and communication also have a responsibility to use technology in appropriate ways. In all instances we must maintain academic integrity with the work we do using technology.”

Student-Athlete or Athlete-Student?


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Five classes in his shopping cart and he better get into at least four of them. If he doesn’t make it into this Accounting 304 class, he can’t take Accounting 420 in the spring. Out of the three times it’s offered, only one doesn’t conflict with his practices and games. If he can’t take it in the fall, his graduation could be pushed back a whole semester. He better get this.

6:59 a.m.: here goes nothing. Enrollment should not be this stressful. Click…

As a member of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), SU junior and men’s varsity soccer player Andrew Staedeli has created a proposal to allow varsity sports players the privilege of priority registration for classes.

The proposal is a similar system to what is currently used by the honors program, in regards to staggered registration dates based on number of credit hours earned. Staedeli is proposing that student-athletes be given the privilege to register one or two days before their current enrollment date. For example, a student-athlete who has earned 75 credits would enroll for classes with the current 70-79.9 earned credit students, while the proposal would place that student-athlete with the 90-99.9 earned credit students.

This benefit is a privilege, and not a right by any means, Staedeli said, considering that the proposed requirements that student-athletes must meet are the following: maintain a minimum GPA of 2.75; sophomore standing; earned 27 credits; at least 1 full-time semester completed at SU and continue to be a full-time student at SU. Additionally, only in-season athletes could qualify for the privilege.

“The number of student athletes each semester that will receive this benefit is so small that spread across a campus of more than 8,000 students, the general student body will not be negatively affected,” Staedeli said. “This is only intended to minimize conflict between student-athletes, professors, coaches and administrators – not a way for student athletes to gain an advantage over anyone else.”

Student-athletes may have a difficult time maintaining graduation requirements in a timely manner, given their constraining schedules. In-season athletes typically have practice for two hours a day, in addition to travel time due to away games, which could also cause students to miss class time.

As president of SOAP and Life Vest, as well as vice president of APO, Drew Vogelsang is no stranger to dedicating time to organizations in aims to better the university.

Although Vogelsang thinks the proposal can be fair to student-athletes in a sense, he also thinks its implementation would take away from other students who are also doing things to benefit the school, he said.

“It could be anything from working a job on campus to being the president of SOAP; from small organizations doing community service to Greeks putting time and effort in for their philanthropies,” Vogelsang said.

“I personally am at the point where I cut sleep from my schedule in order to keep up with it, so that would be a pretty good reason for me to be able to sign up early,” said Vogelsang, who has chosen to not reapply for a position on the SOAP Executive Board in order to better manage his workload.

While Staedeli spends his free time studying accounting, accounting is the last thing on his mind when he is playing soccer, he said.

“Other activities are not quite as time consuming, in my opinion, and also have an underlying academic aspect, like SGA, SOAP and RSOs [recognized student organizations],” Staedeli said. “While other organizations on campus do take time, they do not require as extensive traveling as varsity athletics and a continuous every day involvement.”

Another time-consuming activity students can get involved in on campus includes the Salisbury University Student Government Association, an organization whose members must meet various requirements similar to the proposal, including a minimum GPA of 2.5, as well as hold at least six office hours a week, not including time put into holding events.

However, one could argue that athletes have no control over their practice and game times, while students who hold office hours for their organizations usually can choose their preferable hours to best fit the rest of their schedules.

Considering SU prides itself on putting academics before all, SGA Executive Vice President Rachel Doyon is not in favor of the proposal.

“To give athletes an advantage in choosing classes over other students places more value on their extracurricular activities than ours,” Doyon said.

Student athletes play a big role in representing SU, Staedeli said, because everything they do is published either online or in the news.

“We work hard every day to bring success to our athletic programs, but often our academic achievements are swept under the rug,” Staedeli said.

“Many student athletes are even better in the classroom than on the field, and sometimes do not get the chance to showcase their academic talents. This proposal is not intended to take away classes from other students, but is mainly intended to avoid conflict that is otherwise detrimental to a student-athlete’s success,” he said.

Someone who is very familiar with the time commitments of a varsity athlete is senior and women’s lacrosse player Hayden Hutzell, who has been on the team since her freshman year.

Although Hutzell acknowledges that allowing student-athletes to sign up early would help them adjust their schedules to time slots that fit them best and ultimately relieve a lot of stress related to time management, she doesn’t necessarily believe that only student-athletes should receive this privilege. Anyone that is using their time to positively benefit the university by becoming a part of its many programs should be allowed to sign up for classes early, she said.

The fact that SU does not offer athletic scholarships and its athletics are of DIII status is an important factor to consider, Hutzell said, adding that as far as the school is concerned, students are here to study at the university, and athletics and extracurriculars come second.

“I do agree with the fact that school needs to come first, but if someone is involved in a program that is positively impacting the university, they should be allowed to have a few privileges,” Hutzell said.

“I’m not sure the percentage of students that are involved in these types of programs, but I would be willing to bet it’s over half the school – so if more than 50 percent of students got priority registration, it kind of defeats the purpose,” she said.

After working on the proposal for about seven months, the process is starting to finalize, SAAC member Staedeli said.

Staedeli has spoken with the Head Athletic Director, Dr. Michael Vienna, to learn more about the possibilities of his proposal being successful and how to best go about it, then worked closely with him to gather data that shows student athlete academic performance. Staedeli has also met with the Registrar and Associate Registrar to learn about the feasibility of the proposal and how much work it would require to change the enrollment date of the student athletes, as well as Associate Provost, Dr. Melanie Perreault, about the requirements the SAAC has set to gain this privilege.

Staedeli presented the proposal at a recent SGA Forum.

“This is a student based initiative, and I wanted to hear the students’ voice,” Staedeli said.

The SGA Executive Board is now reading the proposal and deciding if it can be brought to a Forum, once again, this time to be voted on by representatives of RSOs. The final step would be to bring the proposal to the Faculty Senate, who would decide on whether it should be enacted by the university.
Whether students are athletes, executive board members, brothers or sisters, they are voluntarily choosing to take on extracurricular activities and therefore, extracurricular time responsibilities, depending on how involved they want to be on campus. If SU begins to allow athletes to take the initiative to sign up early before everyone else, then everyone else could make the same arguments, and the administration may need to prepare itself to review many, many more proposals in the years to come.

*Disclaimer: Olivia Klock is the Vice President of Public Relations on the Salisbury University Student Government Association Executive Board. If/when the proposal is brought to the SGA for voting, she will obstain from voting, nor will she participate in dialogue of the proposal.

Salisbury University’s rain gardens make SU greener

By Melissa Carson & Michael Finley
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Take a stroll in downtown Salisbury along the River Walk running side by side with the Wicomico River and you will see litter, pollution and trash floating on the river’s surface.

Plastic bags, empty beer cans, candy wrappers all bobbing up and down in the water amongst a slimy substance floating alongside with it. The slimy substance is the product of oil and emissions discharged from cars that drive the streets of Salisbury, and it makes its way to the river through the city’s storm drains.

Salisbury University is planting a sustainable alternative to storm drains, called rain gardens, around campus to limit the university’s contribution to the nearby creeks and rivers pollution.

Rain gardens, or bio-retention areas, are gardens made up of mostly native plants depressed in the soil. They are designed to soak in excess water, filter it and drain it back into the immediate ground rather than directing surplus water to another location.

According to SU Director of Sustainability Wayne Shelton, there are currently three gardens located on SU’s campus. There are also plans to incorporate them into SU’s newest construction project, The Academic Commons.

“This (excess water) will go into the ground, the natural bacteria in the ground will break down any kind of pollutants that are in there…so it will cut down on our storm water,” Shelton explains.

The bio-retention areas also serve to aesthetically please students, staff and campus visitors, according to Shelton, and at a cheaper price than installing a storm drain system. However, do not expect existing storm drains to disappear any time soon.

Shelton says, “It would mean pulling up the parking lot. That expense would be significant and I think the time to implement would be over a long or fairly long period of time.”

With the possibility of a green revolution appearing in this century, perhaps it is conceivable for new construction projects to implement rain gardens rather than the traditional storm drain.

Wear your swimsuit and snorkels to squash cancer

Bria Baylor

Staff Writer

Race for the Cure is giving breast cancer activists a chance to show off your best beach accessories at the fourth annual Komen Maryland Ocean City Race for the Cure.

The event will take place in Ocean City, Maryland on Sunday, April 19.

“This year we wanted to add a fun element to the one-mile course, and everyone loves to dress up,” race manager Jill Brady said. “So even though it’s still a bit chilly in April, we thought it would be exciting to ask one-mile participants to wear beach attire; swimsuits, snorkels, water wings, that sort of thing.”

Staff of the Komen team reported that they expect participation from about 3,000 walkers and runners, but that number is growing as people are signing up on the Komen Maryland website.

“This Race is not only a fundraiser, but a celebration of survivorship, and we strive to keep the atmosphere festive,
Brady said. “This new ‘Swimwear Dash’ will help with that.”

The race area will open at 7 a.m. with the Parade of Pink Survivor Recognition Walk beginning at 7:40. Both competitive and non-competitive races start at 9 and 9:15 a.m. respectively.

Volunteers are always needed and welcomed for Race for the Cure events. Water distribution, registration and information services are amongst the many available positions.

Susan G. Komen is the most well-known organization responsible for finding the cure for breast cancer. They have invested nearly $2 billion internationally to research causes and cures for the disease, celebrate survivors and advocate for community health.

Race for the Cure and similar events have raised $37 million in community breast cancer programs.

For more information, one can call 410-938-8990 or visit

Campuses ask about firearm policy change


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College campuses across the country are considering new rules that would allow students to carry concealed firearms as a method of preventing sexual assault.

Lawmakers in Florida, Nevada, Indiana, Montana, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas and Wyoming have all proposed bills that would allow students to carry firearms on college campuses.

Gun lobbyists are supporting legislation allowing concealed firearms to be carried in light of the recent events like the mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 where 32 students and faculty members were killed and the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 that killed 26 people.

Gun-free zones leave people vulnerable and unable to protect themselves against potentially violent crimes, argues proponents for concealed firearms on campuses. One of these proponents is the Students for Concealed Carry, a national non-partisan group.

“I think everybody should be allowed to carry a firearm as part of self-defense as long as they have taken classes,” instructor Richard Mitchell at Atlantic Tactical Firearms Training said. “There is a difference between targets on the street and targets on the range, and you have to be very careful about the type of ammo and firearm you use. You also should be trained to shoot defensively.”

The Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, however, says that, “Allowing guns on campus could, in fact, make mass shootings even worse.”

Opponents of the legislation also have argued that guns should not be used in places where there are large amounts of binge drinking and alcohol-related incidents like college campuses.

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism reports that about four out of five college students drink alcohol and that over 97,000 students between the ages of 18 and 24 are victims of alcohol-related sexual assault or date rape.

“The issue for me has nothing to do with the philosophical debate of the meaning of the second amendment or the right to bear arms,” Salisbury University Police Lieutenant and Investigative-Support Services Commander Brian Waller said. “When you have individuals who are still developing their level of maturity, their thinking is altered by alcohol and other drugs, adding firearms to the mix cannot be a good idea.”

In Maryland concealed carry permits are limited to people who can prove that they have a “good and substantial reason” for carrying a handgun and that the permit is necessary.  On SU’s campus, Waller said that most of the population would not be able to meet the standard imposed by Maryland to obtain a permit.

Waller also said that oftentimes, alleged victims consent to some sexual activities but not to others. In those situations, he says it can be impractical to rely on a gun as a means of self-defense.

A study conducted by the U.S. Department of Justice concluded that 38 percent of rapes are committed by a friend or acquaintance of the victim.

“If you have a rape situation, usually it starts with some sort of consensual behavior, and by the time it switches to nonconsensual, it would be nearly impossible to run for a gun,” National President of One in Four John D. Foubert told the New York Times.

Likewise, a study conducted in 2009 by the American Journal of Public Health found that guns did not protect people carrying them from being shot in an assault.

“If you did something in the heat of the moment and you’re wrong I think it’s much better from an ethical standard you’re not causing a lot of lasting effects on someone,” Waller said. “And I think that’s a consideration that should be made.”


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