Though we thought it was dead, rumors are now circulating that SB 1474, the Guns on Campus Bill in Arizona, may be rearing its ugly head once more.
The recent speculation about the bill coming back up is due to a lot of interest taken by the National Rifle Association (NRA) who has recently started pouring a lot of resources into getting this bill passed.
As the lead proponent of the right to bare arms, it seems that the NRA has no limits as to where and when they think it's appropriate to have a gun. I'm sure that if it was up to them, citizens would be able to bring guns anywhere they want and get guns pretty much anywhere they want without any major restrictions.
I'm honestly not opposed to the right to bare arms, though I often question the "need" some people feel to own them. I could see how it would be important in case the government ever somehow got infected with some kind of malicious virus that made them evil and wanted to turn America into a tyrannical dystopia, or more practically speaking, if you lived in a really crappy neighborhood (though then I would question why you stay or why you think that a gun is more necessary than like a baseball bat that would be less lethal?).
Anyway, obviously I'm not terribly supportive of people's personal decisions to get guns, though I am supportive of the right to own them.
But despite my support of the 2nd amendment, I think that there are some places where it is just inappropriate. One of those places would be bars. You should, by law, have to leave your gun at the very least in your vehicle when you go to places that serve alcohol. Guns and alcohol DO NOT MIX, EVER! I don't care how trained someone is or what they think qualifies them to drink and have a gun handy, it does not make a situation safe ever!
And of course, another place where guns are inappropriate are schools. I know at ASU we already have a police department ON CAMPUS. We have armed officers who patrol our campus and make sure we are safe. We do not need to carry our own guns to keep ourselves safe. This bill won't make campuses any safe, all it will do is give people more lethal ways of solving fights, arguments, and other disputes, especially for those people who can't control their temper.
I mean, I'm not afraid of the military-trained, college undergrad who is there to study and take his schooling seriously; I'm afraid of that one guy that won't back down from a fight, regularly scruffs it up with people because he can't control his anger, and might pull that gun out if he feels like he's being disrespected. Those kind of people don't just exist in the ghetto; they are on college campuses, too, unfortunately.
And I'm sure that as well as increasing violence on campus, it will increase armed robbery as well.
Dr. Crow said that he didn't support the bill, I don't support the bill, most people I know don't support the bill, and anyone who thinks this is a good idea probably hasn't taken the time to think about this question seriously.