Last Thursday the Arizona House voted to allow people to carry guns on college/university campuses. Firearms can now be carried in the open or concealed in public rights of way, such as campus streets and roadways. Click here to read the full article.
“We’re allowing people to defend themselves,” said Representative David Gowan Sr., who voted for the bill. “The purpose of carrying a gun with you is to defend yourself against that aggressor,” he added.
Before Arizona’s vote, Utah was the only other state to allow such gun rights. Only, in Utah’s case, firearms are also allowed inside campus buildings.
I’d like to point out to Representative Gowan that his argument that people should be able to defend themselves sounds brilliant until one of the following things happen:
- A student kills a professor
- A professor kills a student
- A student kills a student
- A professor kills a professor
If guns are allowed on campuses, they’re going to be brought into buildings whether it’s legal or not. In fact, it’s probably already occurring. This law simply encourages more guns to be present. Let’s see…a gun and a college student who may or may not be thinking rationally and who may or may not have had a few beers at the local fraternity house beforehand. Yikes! Sounds like a lethal cocktail to me. What do you think?