Well, it was in the New York Times, and now I heard a story about it on NPR, so I guess everyone has heard that the Arizona legislature is considering a measure to allow people with concealed weapons permits to carry their guns on college campuses.
On the one hand, this is a really stupid bill. The stated purpose is to prevent things like the NIU and Virginia Tech shootings from being so bad because students, staff & faculty would act as a line of defense against the shooters before police arrive. Unless we are going to require one to trained to be a state trooper to carry a concealed weapon, I doubt very much Joe Public will have the clear-headeness, let alone accuracy, to “take out” a mentally ill student shooting up the school. It could obviously exacerbate the situation and prolong the tragedy, maybe even resulting in the citizen hero being killed by police. But also, these things happen very seldom.
This is my question: Isn’t it a civil liberty to be allowed to carry a gun?
As a liberal, I’m happy to have the government regulate buying and selling. Ditto for public safety: for example, I’m okay with the government making sure guns don’t blow up in people’s hands. But why should I want hand guns limited at all?
Oh, and for the record, Arizona is the only state to have defeated an anti-gay marriage ballot measure. Just FYI.