A long time and mild mannered professor got himself into trouble this week. During a discussion about gun control, he found himself amongst a minority in the room who agreed that background checks were a good idea. To make his point, he decided to share this little bit of personal history:
"Look, guys, I am going to tell you something I don't usually share with students, even though it is nothing to be ashamed of. I am bi-polar. I take my meds, but with bi-polar, they sometimes need to be adjusted. Sometimes I get a little shaky. And I can buy a semi automatic rifle in this state, no problem. I carry a large bag on a regular basis for work----that wouldn't attract any attention here. Do you realize that means that at any given moment I could walk in here and shoot all of you in this room before you'd have a chance to really react? And let me tell you, on some days, especially THIS time of year, it is a touch and go thing from minute to minute!"The police arrived to escort him from the building within minutes of the end of the class.