A tradition at the University of Virginia has ended because the university wants to avoid “panic” and trauma to students because of gun violence in America. The 21-gun salute has been a tradition at the end of Veterans Day ceremonies on campus for a decade, but the president decided students would think there was a shooting at the school if they heard the gunshots:
“One is that it would be disruptive to classes and two unfortunately with gun violence in the U.S., there was some concern that we would cause a panic if someone heard gunshots on grounds,” Jim Ryan, the college’s president, told NBC29.
This might not be the end of the 21-gun salute because there are former ROTC who are planning to protest:
Veteran Jay Levine, a former member of UVA’s ROTC program, is planning to protest the school’s decision: “I am very disillusioned, very upset, and very surprised that they would make such a decision.”
Levin plans to continue his protest with more voices because:
“Freedom isn’t free. There’s a cost and that cost is born by the veterans and the families of those veterans.”
Do you think this was the right move by the UVA President Jim Ryan?