A report of a man armed with an assault weapon prompted police to shut down the California State University, Dominguez Hills, campus Thursday before they learned the person was an ROTC student carrying a fake rifle.
A ROTC kid with a drill rifle, which is a non-firing reproduction of usually an ’03 Springfield or a Garand is not the same thing as a guy with an “assault rifle”. Now, he wasn’t in uniform, so it might have been slightly more difficult for whoever called the cops, but come on.
A couple of thoughts – 1: I wish that people could tell the difference between a guy with a drill rifle and someone bent on mass murder. 2: That cadet really should have put the rifle in a bag. It goes back to what I was saying the other day about airsoft guns, i.e. you should assume that everyone else is an idiot. If you’re carrying something that looks like a gun, operating rule Numero Uno should be that EVERYONE ELSE is going to think it’s a gun, and you should act accordingly.
Of course, I’m also not surprised that a campus in California freaks out because a ROTC kid forgot to stow his drill rifle. I’d like to think that if that happened at Purdue, there would not be a campus wide lockdown. Of course, the thought of actually trying to “lock down” Purdue makes me giggle a bit, because it’s basically a small town.