Now that the leaders are all in jail, most likely having been ratted out by someone they thought was on their side, we can look at what succeeded and what failed in their mission.
Now comes the legal side of the Malheur Wildlife Refuge Incident. Again, the Feds are NOT doing the usual thing. After the bullets ordered by #ButcherOfBurns, OR Gov. Kate Brown subsided, and everyone surrendered out on the highway and were arrested, they were dragged to Portland and they appeared in Federal Magistrate's Court yesterday. The charges they did face? Feds stacked it up, right?
Wrong. The remaining rebels are each charged with ONE count of obstructing Federal Officers, a Class C or D felony which CAN be plead down to a misdemeaner (and probably will be, as I will explain). Notably, there are NO firearms violations charged, there are NO charges for the considerable theft/damage to Federal Property which occurred, and there are NO TERROR-RELATED charges (that's the biggie here). Now, in court, and you've seen this a million times on Wolf Films TeeVee shows, the arraignment prosecutor argued for no bail, argued dangerous peeps, argued out-of-state peeps, argued flight risk, all that, but additional hearings were set nearly immediately, so bail will likely be granted soon.
So, when #KorruptKate demanded that the occupation be terminated with extreme prejudice, it WAS, but only in the case of the firebrand Finicum, who, by the best accounts so far, seemed to desire Suicide By Cop, and got it. If you recall #KillerKate's speech in Salem last week though, she wanted the Federal book thrown at the occupiers, and SHE has been rebuffed. Oregon charges might be added, but for what? Being there? No, it's all Federal property, and the Feds want out of it and are getting out. Those additional Oregon charges, BTW, would have to be filed in Harney County, and no DA there wants to touch them.
End it, and give no opportunity for a showdown in Court later, those are the obviously the orders out of Washington. Martyrs are gonna seek martyrdom, that's what they do. NOW it makes sense that the Feds sought no warrants in Court. They could easily have gotten arrest warrants for a slew of felony charges, but didn't. Now I can see why. The handwriting was on the wall for the Feds when they saw the large and sympathetic crowd waiting for the Bundys and Finicum in John Day. This rebellion was about to spread. They stopped that, and now they want to deny the rebels their all-important soap box, and will likely succeed in that, too. There ARE some thinkers on the Federal side. Too bad they are stuck playing such a rigged game.
Bundy's success: he HAS raised the Federal Lands Debate to a National Discussion. It might even make it as a platform plank in the GOPe Party Platform this year.
Bundy's failures: He was never in command of his Militia. Finicum gave HIM orders. You can't lead from the rear, unless you INTEND to be a REMF*, which is terrible leadership. Bundy was NO logistician, supply for his mission was a major issue. G-2 (Intelligence) was a HUGE failure. Bundy's case should have resembled that of the French Partisans in WW2 because the locals were on his side for the most part, but he never involved them until right at the end, when he and Finicum put together the show in John Day that he was enroute to when the Feds decided to end his game. From Day One, Bundy should have talked to the local ranchers one at a time to determine friend from foe, and set possible new refuge ground if his first choice became untenable.
To the extent that the Feds are buddy-buddy with the press, the story will now go away, unless one of the major GOPe candidates wants to keep the Lands Issue alive as a campaign issue.
* REMF = Rear Echelon Mo-Fo, a derogatory term for those of rank/leadership in a war who never faced bullets. The term may have started in an earlier war, but it came into wide use in the Vietnam War.
Cruz, Rubio and iJEB! have bought into a failed concept, amnesty, most likely at the of Reince Priebus and his gang of lefty thieves.
This is the RNC position that GOPes can't win without the "support" of the invaders, so invader ass must be kissed. The invaders realize that Mister smiley-nice GOPe does NOT bring welfare dollars, and they can't eat the soccer balls previously given them at photo ops. The (D)onks allowed them to invade the USA, have made Government speak their lingo and have given them welfare dollars. The invaders don't give a flying fig about our Constitution, and they are in no rush to replace the blacks, who they dispise, as the bottom class of Americans. They are content to let the (D)s protect them in their uncertain status. All that "path to citizenship" crap is eyewash, put out there to dull the fervor of deporting them as we know we need to. The DNC has out-thought the RNC on this issue, and trotting out iJEB!, Cruz or Rubio with a van full of soccer balls changed nothing. Beck probably knew that, but he is so desperate to replace Rush at the pinnacle of talk radio that he has fallen in with these culture killers in the Establishment RNC.
...and no, "fantasy football" is only a tiny part of it.
I read a deeeep post by blogger "Og, the Neanderpundit". He's not as prolific a blogger as he used to be, but then, neither am I, so machts nichts (mox-nix for most readers). This blog-post of Og's alone would make his blog significant if it was all he had written for the whole year, so I tried to make an in-depth comment, but came up short. It did get some synapses firing though, so I decided to amplify here on my very own blog.
What Og's writing did for me was put all the world's woes in perspective, BOOM! like a bolt from the blue, like a double-twelve firing both barrels. BOOM!
It's fantastic! No, it's REALLY fantastic! People, the whole damn culture is one big fantasy game, and there are some pretty good gamers out there "playing" at culture.
I have written many, many blog-posts decrying the screwed up culture, just click on the "Culture War" link in "Categories" in the right sidebar of this blog if you need to see some. There are hundreds there.
I haven't wasted my time with that writing, but I may not have gotten it quite right, either. Most of the faux pas modern folks make which affect the culture aren't done in an attempt to kill the culture (making a liar out of me in some cases, I've held to that theme in this blog frequently), they are done because our educational system has failed it's students, and most folks under 40 can't tell the difference between life and fantasy.
Here is some proof:
Turn on your TV in "primetime". Fantasy series abound, to a far greater degree than they did in the past generation.
Go to a multi-theater cinema. Fantasy-themed films abound. Even the action flicks have stunts in them that are straight out of sci-fi.
The most popular children's book series, "Harry Potter", is fantasy. Fantasy for kids. Let THAT soak in.
Video games are almost entirely fantasy, again, mostly for kids with their impressionable minds.
Even our interest in professional sports has become heavily involved with correctly-named "Fantasy Sports".
What used to be proper fantasy for us, the science fiction genre, has taken on elements of politics and become less sci-fi and more poly-sci. See "Puppygate".
Politics, which used to be games among men who were engaged in running governments, now is heavily involved with fantasy. See "Socialism". See "Crony Capitalism".
The processes of higher learning have become heavily involved in fantasy. See "trigger warnings". See "safe spaces". See the hashtag #specialsnowflakes.
Even communist revolution has become involved in fantasy. See "Black Lives Matter"
Wait! We can't forget economics, the grease for the axles of commerce. It, too, is involved in fantasy. See the "Fifteen NOW!" movement. See Central Banking. See equity derivatives. See national debts.
Yep. Our lives become fantasy, and then reality bites us in the ass. Sort of like driving onto a water-covered section of road and pretending the water is only a few inches deep until you car goes underwater over the roof. Sort of like pretending we can get along with Islam, which actually instructs it's adherents to convert non-believers by the sword. Until ISIS comes along and we still pretend until the Islamic bullets tear into our loved ones' bodies. You get this picture now, don't you? If not, put your head back down in that sand. It's warm and safe in there, and you won't feel a thing until some pervert finds your ass-out ass...
If you really understand the disconnect of fantasy, go to your gun safe, open it, and start cleaning those guns and counting your ammunition. It's going to take the complete shock of war, at your front door, to convince many of us that life and fantasy ought to be separated.
The events unfolding in San Bernardino show us a different threat. Not an unknown threat, just a different one.
We have been used to seeing various formats of homicidal/suicidal Jihad here: 9-11, the various Jihadi gun attacks since then, etc. All these attacks had one common characteristic: the Muslims involved were all determined to kill members of the Western Civilization, but pretty much stuck to methods which left their shock troops dead with the event. One-way attacks. Don't "pass go", Get your 72 raisins immediately.
With San Berdoo, we have just seen an attack in which the Jihadis had trained and prepared to strike with force and effect, but moved on quickly to, presumably, strike again later. Far from the normal homicide/suicide attack, this is more like revolutionary attack. This resembles what we used to refer to as a "partisan" attack. Similar to the tactics of the French or Yugoslavian partisans who attacked the Nazis during WW2. What we just saw could have been very successful for the Jihadis, and the only reason it wasn't, was better training and discipline/communication on the part of the police authorities.
My purpose here is not to figure out how to defeat this different flavor of Jihad, but to prepare the average citizen to survive it. Methods of defeat for the Muslim Jihad will have to wait for a National Command Authority determined to defeat Islamic Jihad itself, and we don't have such leadership now, we have the opposite. We have political and command leadership determined to NOT face down islamic Jihad instead of the other way around. The effect for John Q. Citizen is that he will probably have to face the shock troops of Jihad alone, possibly with the help of local police.
A personal note: I am trained in various aspects of public safety, and as events unfolded and were reported yesterday in San Berdnardino, I evaluated the events as if they were the result of criminal gang activity, since, to me, the events more resembled the activity of, say, Mexican drug cartels or the criminal gang MS-13 (both very active in San Bernardino), and both are orgs not unwilling to create mass murder to get their point across. I was wrong in that analysis, mostly because I applied the usual standard of homicide/suicide Jihad, then rejected it, and this event did not fit that model.
So, how to prepare?
Arm up. The protected citizen will be armed at all times, with handgun(s) within hands' reach at home and away, and a long gun close by as well. You will have to figure out how to conform to "safe storage" laws to accomplish this in your home and in your car (presumably, your "away" long gun stays in the car). At home, I have quick-reaction pistol safes (plural), and the long gun goes back in the big safe when kids are present, so I comply. In the car, I carry on my person as I am permitted to do, and my long gun is a Kel-tec folding rifle with internal lock, carried in a locking gun case, kept in the locked trunk of the vehicle.That complies with local law as well (it would NOT comply in CA or several Eastern states though).
Train up. At this point, if you have not already done so, join a local gun club or commercial firearms practice facility. Your preference should be one which has practice facilities for handgun (any caliber), rifle (any caliber) and shotgun. With the exceptions of no 50BMG and no full-auto, my club fits these requirements. You will need to allot sufficient funds for ammo, and/or begin to reload your chosen calibers. You will need to allot sufficient time to practice, probably a minimum of once per month in the training phase, and four times per year with all defense firearms as a maintenance-of-training effort.
Smarten up. Apply some common sense as to your selection of events to attend, particularly if you will be responsible for others' safety. Large outdoor events are Jihad targets of opportunity, as are crowded shopping malls. Organized athletic events in arenas and stadia are probably safer to some degree, but the Jihadis wouold love to target one for the kill ratio that they could achieve. Consider applying a sliding scale of risk to your life and it's chosen events. Yeah, that's a bummer, but we are at war, dude! You are probably safest at home, relatively safe out and about in your vehicle, safe enough doing shopping that is NOT done in large, crowded venues at peak predictable times. You are less safe in any public crowd, on mass transportation, at any outdoor event which has been heavily advertised as to attendance prospects. The training and/or dedication of your local policing authority is a factor in your relative safety also. Evaluate it.
Vote up. National elections are close at hand. Regardless of your political affiliation, you need to vote for your own safety. Safety is personal, and politicians and political parties which refuse to recognize your personal safety as their Job #1 should NOT get your vote. This is not about flavors of morality, this is about survival. See my note on National Command Authority, above.
Again, we are at war. The war has been brought to these shores by Islam, and it's not going to get "wished away", even though this seems to be the primary "combat strategy" of the current political Administration. YOU are responsible for your OWN safety, so make safety happen for you, NOW!
A final word. Religion. Your personal religious creed should give you the mental strength to survive the mental rigors of mortal combat. It is NOT required for that purpose, but if you hold to a creed, it will pay you to increase your attention to it in these anxious times. Your creed is your business under our Constitution. Your survival is a natural AND Constitutional Right under our system. You MUST consider anyone who attacks you for your creed or attacks your Right to survival as your enemy. Islam is attacking/denying both.
The recent college/university disturbances, rapidly spreading to a college/university near you, give us insight into what will surely become both a major problem and a major relief for business and industry.
To see this conundrum better, we have to first analyze what colleges and universities are SUPPOSED to accomplish with the students who pay so dearly to attend and matriculate.
Pew Research, the polling outfit, worked this issue. They came up with this. A slight plurality (8%) believes that college should prepare the student to work better. The smaller part thinks colleges should prepare the student's mind and widen their worlviews. Excuse me, Pew, but why can't Higher Ed do BOTH of these things? They did both in my college days, fifty years ago. Student choices in curricula then were aimed at requiring some mind-training along with all those technical subjects which were the nuts and bolts of the Batchelor's Degree. Is Pew now saying these two purposes are mutually exclusive? It would seem so, and this puts an ominous spin on University leadership, doesn't it?
In major companies, there are usually one or more people who are there just to analyze the future of the markets which the company sells goods/services into. I am on these wizards' wavelength, because I have always been somewhat of an "idea guy". In fact, being an idea guy in a strictly-structured organization can be hazardous to one's career, which, in my longest career, that of Deputy Sheriff, is why I retired at the basic rank. "Reverse Charlie the Tuna" syndrome, I used to call it. The Sheriffs DID NOT want tuna that tasted good, DID want tunas with good taste.
Successful business and industry feeds on success, which is invariably fueled by critical thinking. Can any reader tell me how a successful bank, for example, can use a college grad whose best training was in "maintaining personal space" and "rejection of micro-aggressions"? The short answer is that the bank can't use that graduate, no matter what credits they might have in the Money and Banking field. Oh, such a graduate might get hired on the strengths of their transcript and polished resume, but after spouting off in a few meetings about "personal space violations" and how their co-workers/managers are projecting "micro-aggressions" at them, they are going to be shown the door, and quickly.
No, at management entry levels, business and industry needs critical thinkers who can adapt their thinking to existing practice, not space-case thinkers who have to project their mental vacuums into business practice and thereby fark up the works.
Continuing: what, then, is business and industry supposed to do? Where are they to get their new entry-level management staff if they can't trust the sheep-skin factories (Colleges/Universities) to send them USEFUL candidates? Well, they will promote more heavily from within, for one thing. Observing a candidate for eight years or so is far more of a predictive system for future performance than any sheepskin can ever be in today's Higher Ed climate. Also, these companies will hire proven talent from offshore and the military. Sounds like a win-win to me.
What will happen to Higher Ed as it's product loses relevance in the marketplace?
Higher Ed will change or it will die. As of now, only agitprop orgs can use these kids with sheep-skins and socialist-befouled thinking (aka, the Obama-types). Also socialist Government, but maybe not even Government, because it has to have SOME level of mamangement success, or it collapses (see Venezuala).
We are on the brink, my friends, and not from "peak oil" or even "Massive Debt". We are on the brink because our spoon-fed society has lost the collective ability to think it's way out of ugly predicaments, and those predicaments come at us faster and harder these days, don't they?
If you are looking for "Safe Space", college kiddies, you will have to roll up your sleeves (and pull up your pants), put on some work gloves, grab that #2 Dirt Shovel, and start digging. Just like your grandparents dug, and like your parents dug, albeit more reluctantly. All that digging will give you some upper body strength, too, the better to shoulder a rifle with to defend that defensive earthwork you just dug with your own hands.
There is a relatively small population of blacks in the undergrad population at Mizzou. The issues of why haven't been addressed in the media, but the fact is that the small cabal of black students is well-organized. Said cabal has somehow blamed the University for the fact that there "aren't enough blacks". Mizzou is a State school, so all you have to do to go there is qualify by GPA, be from MO, and have the coin to pay your tuition and fees. In 1961, I got in with a 2.74 GPA! I guess that whatever standard the State has set is too high, and the inner-city kids can't qualify because their schools were dumbed down two generations ago. AFAIK, this is the lowest GPA qualification of any state school:
Can someone please explain to me just how it is this University's fault if black students can't meet this minimum requirement? This, my friends, is simply more Black Marxism at work, and these revolutionaries won't be satisfied until a quota of admissions is imposed on the school, or at least until the school is forced to spend huge dollars to "recruit" black students.
As for the beer-hall putsch put on by 32 members of the football team AND their Coach, Mizzou finds itself with a 1-5 conference record in the SEC East division this year, next to last, won't be bowl-eligible. I suspect that their poor performance on the field will now be "excused" by the liberal sportz press. #BobCostas, where are you? This story is tailor-made for your brand of sports "journalism".
So, the President of the University just resigned, after some commie lapdog of a State legislator got upset, and when Governor Nixon (D), ever the apologist for all things race-baited, echoed that sentiment.
I lay all of this at the feet of the biggest lapdog of all, President Obama, whose Presidential policies seem very well organized just to foment racial discord.
Good evening, Chair Piluso and members of the School Board. I am George Schneider, age 72, a resident of City of Gresham. I am a Veteran, having retired from the Air National Guard with 22 years of service, in the rank of Major, and having flown in air combat during the Vietnam War. I am also a retired Multnomah County Deputy Sheriff, and I served this community for 25 years. I have raised 4 children with the assistance of this school system. All of them sit on the positive side of their communities' ledgers of citizenship. I am going to say a few words about such Citizenship.
Today's children, tomorrows citizens and leaders, can only sit on the positive side of THEIR communities' ledgers if their parents and their schools do their best to inculcate them with the best qualities of citizens. The recent case of the wrong-headed administrative action taken against the Moore child tramples one of these best qualities, and it supported no others. With almost a month to reflect on this disaster and huge adverse press, I am sure that the Board realizes this, but yet, I have seen no evidence presented of policy reform that would insure that this sort of error is not repeated. If the Board is considering permanent policy changes to modify the insane “zero-tolerance of violent images” policy, you need to put them out in front of the public. I sense that the Board lacks proper input to formulate such policy, so I offer to head up or serve on a committee of citizens to offer a replacement policy. I have no secrets: my suggestions would be largely a return to the status quo ante on clothing images, which served well before this Board got swept up in the “zero-tolerance” mania, really nothing more than a herd-behavior stampede, with the First Amendment being the first trampling casualty.
The present policy, if applied fairly, would change most textbooks, require school resource officers to dress the same as teachers and prohibit field trips to places such as the State Capitol, where statuary of armed citizens and soldiers are presented. Everyone in this room can see how absurd this zero-tolerance policy really is, and yet there is no proposal to change it. We, the citizens, are waiting for that change, and I suggest that we will wait no longer than another year. This issue WILL affect the voting on next year's ballot. That is a promise.
Thank you for your attention.
If you are local to the Portland area, and you have nothing other than citizenship as your duty for tonight, the meeting starts at 7 pm (1900 for Veterans). I will be the "Q-Tip" in the tweed jacket...
School Board AAR: The Superintendent of the School District opened the meeting with a rambly, wonkish speech trying to support the "zero tolerance for violent images" policy. I took notes. An hour and a half later, when it was my turn to speak, I set aside my prepared remarks and hammered the Supt: 1. Supt. Schlacter made no less than 3 attempts to link the horror of school shootings to this issue of the Battlefield Cross. I called him out on it. Illogical propaganda. Boogeyman trick. 2. I requested that the Supt. confer with his attorneys on the subject of "in loco parentis", the legal construct which gives the school the authority of parents. I reminded him that in a case of rules violations, no "deal" can be made with a student, because the student lacks AGENCY to act for the parents. 3. I suggested that Zero Tolerance flies in the face of the school's renewed mission to instill critical thinking skills in students, the better to facilitate STEM education. 4. I suggested that while the school must have authority over students, it should not discard the idea of freedom of speech entirely, see Item #3. 5. I noted that the burden of proof is on the School District to demonstrate that images of the Battlefield Cross are an actual THREAT, and that burden may not be shifted to the student to prove they are NOT a threat.
So now I can scribble my sweet nothings about Saving The Culture again! Oh, goody!
Bragging Humble: Yes it is possible for a little fish in a big ocean to matter, all you have to do is migrate upstream to a smaller water body, to wit:
Gresham, Oregon. I live in the 4th largest city in Oregon, and all of the other Cities bigger than Gresham are far more liberal. Portland being the best example of a lib-town.
Gresham is over 100,000 now, but there are enough conservatives (relatively-speaking, the citizens are "conservatives") living here to actually cause the City Administration and other functionaries of Government to have to plan to accomodate our points of view.
Example: Recently, a wrong-headed school Principal sent a lad home for wearing a tee shirt depicting the "Battlefield Cross", or combination of boots, rifle and helmet that has come to symbolize a soldier who fell in battle, making the ultimate sacrifice for his country. This caused an immediate outrage in Gresham, an outrage which spurred the liberal Oregonian newspaper to opine:
Common sense deficit: The subject of firearms is a sensitive one these days, particularly in schools. Even so, the treatment an eighth-grade student in Gresham’s Dexter McCarty Middle School almost beggars belief. Alan Holmes wore a T-shirt to school last week that featured an image of a rifle. No, Holmes wasn’t wearing promotional NRA gear. On his shirt, rather, was an arrangement of helmet, boots and rifle widely used to indicate respect for fallen soldiers. Lest anyone mistake the arrangement for anything but a memorial, the shirt also read, “Standing for those who stood for us.” Holmes was told that his shirt violated the school’s dress code, The Oregonian/OregonLive’s Laura Frazier wrote. His choices: Change it or go home. He went home, and the district has since promised to review its dress code. We’ll see where that goes. The code, as Frazier reported, prohibits clothing with, among other things, “violence related references.” To cram Holmes’ shirt within this definition is a stretch, to say the least. But if a memorial arrangement that contains a rifle is too disturbing a thing for Gresham’s eighth-graders to witness, district officials might want to reconsider Gresham High School’s fight song too. It begins as follows: “March, march on down the field/ Fighting for Gresham High/We’ll back the blue and white/With the spirit of do or die.” March, fight, do or die. That’s awfully martial. And talk about “violence related references.”
Well, then. If Liberal Portland can opine, conservative Gresham might feel a tad stronger. The Gresham Outlook published my letter on the subject, a letter in which, as a Veteran, I demand redress of insults to me and all local Veterans, as well as the child directly affected. Note how the Editor dressed it up with a bold sidebar of my demands:
Folks, this business of Saving The Culture can get into some conflict. I am laying MY creds on the line here, and demanding, as a citizen, that the culture be protected from the erosion of the faceless liberal zombies. In MY day, this erosion would never have happened, because respect for veterans who fell in battle was automatic, and never questioned. Maybe we can't go all the way back to that time, but we can and MUST demand the respect due our heroes of war.
I am shortly going to have major surgery, and will miss the next meeting of the School Board, in which I would, in the normal course of events, have presented these demands in person. I am working on a surprise for the School Board, though, and my message should still get through. Let's just say that I am not the only Grumpy Major in these parts, and two others ought to be there in my stead at the meeting on November 5th. Thanks to the magic of You Tube, I might be there myself...more later when I get that video up.
Sunset on my 72d birthday. Life has been good, I've seen 4 children safely to adulthood, 3 of them being pillars of their communities. I'll settle for that, and excuse myself to use my final strength to help save my Nation. First, I will get my gut fixed, and THAT will be quite the hurdle to clear.
For the rest of my life:
My warning to the culture-killers: don't piss us old Veterans off: we've seen plenty of conflict in our day, we know exactly how to accomplish our missions with the resources and energy available, and we're NOT afraid of missing out on life if we die in the conflict. Every one of us will count coup when you push us to battle, and you will never guess when you have gone too far, we will just be there to take our victory and you WILL give it to us.
Last Thursday, 1 October, an evil person went to a peaceful place and made it into an evil place by his action. By his action alone.
At Umpqua Community College, as at all Oregon institutes of higher learning, the educators tried to ban the possession of firearms outright, but Oregon's permitted-carry law says that lesser jurisdictions than the State may NOT pre-empt the law, which allows permitted carry in all public places except courthouses, and libraries if the library boards want to ban firearms. The institutions of higher education have developed a work-around. They deny the Second Amendment and the Oregon Concealed Carry licensing law as follows:
All the Oregon colleges and Universities have adopted an in-your-face gun ban. The gun ban works like this: the institution admits that they have no power to ban the firearms de jure, but instead, they de facto ban them by saying that all institution participants may not: earn grades/credits for classes, be considered for rehiring if already hired or sell anything to the institution (bans vendors carrying). The institutions claim to be exercising their lawful administrative authority by doing this. This rule has been in effect for several years since a Western Oregon State University student successfully sued that institution for preventing his lawful permitted carry.
For some reason, none of 2A-protecting orgs in Oregon have seen fit to challenge this obvious "if it walks like a duck" rule, or if they have, I haven't heard about their work.
Comes then the massacre. I am waiting, with bated breath, for the first lawsuit filed for the tort of failing the "in loco parentis" duty that all schools have. That duty, an absolute legal mandate, says that when schools have custody of minor children (some of UCC's students are not of legal age), they have a duty to act in the place of the parents. Such duty extends to protecting the children from obvious evils such as murder and grievous wounding by gunfire. A lesser duty extends in favor of the adult clients of such institutions.
When that lawsuit is filed, the UCC's answer will be to say that they had the administrative ban on firearms in place to "protect" the students. Of course, that won't fly as a defense, nor should it.
Umpqua Community College could have fulfilled their in loco parentis duty simply by allowing permitted concealed carry, or they could have fulfilled it by having an adequate (but expensive) campus security system. The UCC did neither, so now they have been exposed to huge financial liability, and should be. As a result of the obvious lawsuit, the de facto firearms ban will have to go away.
What a shame that nine good people had to lose their lives and a goodly number more will survive their wounds, but be scarred mentally forever by their brush with evil, just so the wisdom of the Founders could be demonstrated yet again. Self-defense is a Natural Right, and while the Second Amendment to our Constitution encodes it firmly into our law, it doesn't have to be so encoded. I urge all Oregon college students to consider total rebellion against the "administrative" gun ban.
Protect yourself, students, no one else will, or even can.