Rob Murphy

August 12, 2020

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Salt Lake City,Ut,

Member Since:

Feb 11, 2010



Goal Type:


Running Accomplishments:

I had some success in high school and college. Winner 1985 Rod Dixon Run 

Had a fair amount of success as a Masters runner for most of my 40s. 

Short-Term Running Goals:

Have fun, not get fat, stay fit.

Long-Term Running Goals:

 Keep running in some fashion.


I teach AP European History and other courses at Alta High School. I coached the track and cross country teams at Alta for 16 years.

Married, two kids - Abby and Andy

My Twitter  @murphy_rob

Miles:This week: 22.05 Month: 92.15 Year: 1598.59
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Eleven miles in 1:26 around Liberty Park. Nothing like a soft, wood-chip surface for the old legs. Nice and sunny at the beginning of the run but got progressively colder and windier.

Not a bad run.

I feel the urge to weigh in on the whole school safety/gun control debate. I've been teaching in high schools for the past seventeen years so I feel I have something to add to the debate. I have several points.

1. There are about 300 million guns in this nation. No gun control legislation passed by congress will do a single thing to make schools safer in the short term. Those 300 million guns aren't going anywhere anytime soon.

2. At every high school that I have taught at, we have had an armed police officer on duty during the school day. I like this and I think it makes our schools safer. Two armed police officers would make me feel even safer still. The fact that there was an armed police officer at Columbine is NOT an argument against having them. We are all grown-up and realize that nothing is ever going to be 100% effective. To make fun of the NRA's proposal to have an armed police officer in every school is just plain stupid. People who do that are putting their partisan ideology ahead of common sense.

3. Beware of anyone who argues that any one thing is the solution to this problem. We have a gun problem, we have a mental illness problem, we have a parenting problem, and we have a school funding problem that precludes some common-sense solutions.

4. Every high school teacher, if asked to do so, could provide law enforcement and school administration with the names of one or two young men they teach who are the most likely to shoot up a school either now or in the future. We could then monitor their Facebook pages, twitter accounts etc. That is, if we were serious about this problem. 

5. Finally, if all parents would raise children who lived lives of meaning and commitment, who had activities and interests in their lives that enriched their lives and gave them a sense of self worth, we wouldn't have this problem at all.

"I can't wait until Christmas vacation so I can frickin play Assassins Creed all day, every day"

- actual quote heard by me while walking down the hallway at Alta High School last Tuesday. And parents wonder why their kids are screwed up! 

Night Sleep Time: 0.00Nap Time: 0.00Total Sleep Time: 0.00Weight: 0.00Calories: 0.00
From Jake K on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 16:46:19 from

Well said, Rob. I wish more people could have a sensible view like you do.

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 17:18:16 from

I'll have a more light-hearted, cheery, appropriate for the season post tomorrow!

Enjoy your warmth. Looks like a White Christmas for us.

From Jake K on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:09:19 from

It was a timely post and I think your opinion is something people should hear.

Definitely looking forward to your cheery xmas post tomorrow. I hope its done in Abby's multicolor fonts.

From Jake K on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:10:27 from

PS - the kids are going to get something in the mail in a huntsman cancer envelope, probably after christmas. dont be alarmed by the envelope, it was all i had. I sent them a little something that i think they'll like :-)

From Chad Robinson on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:17:07 from

Wonderfully said Rob. But you know that government can't resist a crisis to exert more control.

From Rob on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:27:43 from

Totally agree on all 5 points. The only thing I would add is. Love your kids love your family, there are way to many ways to die, and we can't control everything, plus we can't live in fear our whole lives, just make the most of what you have now.

From steve ash on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:36:39 from

I agree, I like #5 most of all. That one alone would do more than all of the above combined most likely..

From steve ash on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 18:41:16 from

By the way everyone; Merry Christmas and Happy New Year or at least a more hopeful one:)

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 19:08:39 from

Thanks everyone. I would also say, in regards to #4 that some people would raise Constitutional objections.So be it. The Supreme Court has already ruled that the interests of the school to protect children from harm supersedes any Constitutional rights kids have.

But I would also add that we should be proactive and positive as well. Adults need to intervene in these kid's lives in a positive way and introduce them to interests and activities that will give their lives meaning.

Back in the 90s, the Clinton Administration had a crime bill that was mocked by conservatives because it provided funding for "midnight basketball". I thought it was a great idea. These kids were going to be out on the streets anyway at midnight so why not have them in the company of caring adults from whom they might learn something? And get some exercise.Conservatives argued that the kids should be home in bed at midnight. Of course, but we have to deal with the world we actually live in!

From Jon on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 20:18:12 from

Thanks for the thoughts. As a teacher, you certainly carry some weight on the issue.

Just curious- what is your thought on this discussion of allowing certified teachers to carry concealed weapons at school, like Texas says they do?

From Rob Murphy on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 20:35:41 from

Jon - I would say that is an idea worth looking at. There actually aren't many ideas that don't deserve a look. I've actually known high school English teachers who were ex Army Rangers.

Personally, I don't think I'd like to go to school armed. Just wouldn't seem right to me you know?

But I can also picture myself in the midst of one of these shootings thinking "man I wish I had my gun now"!

From Fritz on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 21:20:28 from

I like these ideas especially 4 and 5. Something seriously needs to be done about the violent video games and legislation like this isn't helping.

It's obvious that parents need to step it up but it does worry me a bit to think the First Amendment is bullet proof on issues like this.

From Jake K on Sun, Dec 23, 2012 at 21:43:45 from

I just read this to my parents and aunt/uncle (who you met this summer in Utah). They all said they wanted me to tell you that was well said and they agree w/ you 100%

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