Let’s just disarm everyone, even law enforcement. While this may sound far-fetched, this is exactly what students at Portland State University are asking for.

Students rallied at a recent board meeting. Olivia Pace, one of the students who addressed the Board of Trustees, said:

“Police with guns are a ticking time bomb. We feel like the longer the university pushes this off to more and more committees and more third parties, the issue will just kind of dissolve.”

This round of debates started almost a year ago after Jason Washington, a concealed carry license holder, was shot and killed by PSU police.

Washington, whose blood alcohol level was 0.242, was trying to help break up a fight. While being pulled away from the fight by officers, he went to the ground and a pistol fell to the ground.

Having already been told that he had pulled the gun on the crowd once, officers ordered him to leave it on the ground. Not heeding their warnings, the officers told him to drop the weapon or they would shoot. Washington did not listen and was subsequently shot to death.

“We have been saying that this is dangerous, that someone will get killed, and we were right,” said one student.

The university commissioned a study that found more than half of the students and faculty at PSU were in favor of disarming officers. That same report recommended against it.

Once again, officers doing their job seem to be the issue to the public. The drunk guy holding a gun and refusing to follow police directions obviously had nothing to do with it.

So, in response, let’s go ahead and take weapons away from the very people charged with protecting us.



What if this is simply a call for campus police to be disarmed? Maybe the expectation is for Portland police to respond as needed.

How long would it be before these same students were asking the City of Portland to disarm their officers as well?

While we cannot know Washington’s intent, what would that evening have looked like if the PSU officers had no way to defend themselves or the general public in the area?

Beyond that, what would PSU look like if police were disarmed. What chance would they stand in not only crime prevention, apprehension and conflict resolution, but in keeping the peace in the most basic sense?

Law breakers are already brazened in their interactions with cops, but how much more so will they be if officers can literally do nothing but threaten to arrest them?

What if this is simply a call for campus police to be disarmed?  Maybe the expectation is for Portland police to respond as needed. 

Why do people believe that criminals will simply heed the verbal direction of a gun-less cop? That has proven to be unsuccessful.

So, while we are at it, let’s take away uniforms and handcuffs.

Maybe we should take lights and sirens off their patrol cars.

Maybe we should turn crime fighting into a giant game of freeze tag.

If the criminal’s friends can touch them after they are frozen by an officer, they are free to run again.

Story after story come to light of people claiming that the criminal problems in our society stem from having armed police. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

IF we have the number of violent crimes that we have while our LEO community is armed, what do those statistics look like if they resort to having nothing but their voices at their disposal?

But why stop with campus cops?

Let’s go ahead and strip weapons from local, state and federal officers and agents. Maybe we remove all weapons from the military.

Then we can just settle all conflicts with a friendly game of rock-paper-scissors. If there is still a dispute, maybe we have to go to best two-out-of-three.