In his March 22 letter “Trained firearms on campus,” Hap Gallin wrote that I argued “Drugs and alcohol are on campus, and that is trouble enough, but firearms are banned.”

I made no such statement!

In the excellent Sun Journal article March 9, I was quoted only once, with the following response to the question of allowing anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a loaded gun on campus: “It could make matters worse. Most people with concealed weapons permits do not have anywhere near the level of training that would be needed in these situations in order to safely and effectively use deadly force.”

I made no reference to drugs and alcohol, nor did I express an opinion about permitting trained and certified staff members on campus to be armed. That is a very different proposition from simply allowing anyone with a concealed weapons permit to carry a loaded gun to class.

Roger Philippon, dean of planning and public affairs

Central Maine Community College, Auburn


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