The boys should be congratulated for their quick thinking and calm response, no one was hurt. However, Gonzaga University placed both of them on probation and told them they could be expelled. The gun was confiscated by the administration. McIntosh and Fagan were charged with possessing weapons on school grounds and with putting others in danger by use of a weapon.
Now that’s ridiculous. The only one the weapon put in danger was Taylor, the man who was trying to break into the apartment. Before McIntosh got his gun out, it was he and Fagan who were in danger. Would Gonzaga have preferred for its students to remain in danger? What did the school want to happen? Do they wish McIntosh and Fagan had been robbed or assaulted? Protecting yourself against a home invasion is one of the most appropriate uses of a gun. Students should not have to forfeit their constitutional rights just because the university owns their apartment complex.
Fagan and McIntosh are fighting to have the probation removed from their records, and I wish them the best of luck.
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