Arkansas’ governor signed a sweeping gun rights measure into law on Wednesday that will allow concealed handguns at state colleges, some bars, government buildings and even the state Capitol. The measure signed Wednesday has faced opposition from university officials, who said the decision on whether to allow guns on campus should remain with the schools. The University of Arkansas and Arkansas State University systems said they would prepare for their campuses to comply with the law when it takes effect.
A lawmaker whose district includes the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville called the law “horrifying,” and noted it even allows concealed guns at Razorback football games and other sporting events in government-owned facilities. “People like to have a good time before the game, during the game, people get emotional and angry during the game,” Democratic Rep. Greg Leding said. “I think the idea of introducing loaded weapons into those situations is just ridiculous.”
Imagine being one of these people that’s living in such constant fear of some unknown enemy that they feel they have to have guns with them at all times. College sports arenas have more of a police presence than some government buildings. Yet there are people who have been so brainwashed by media outlets like Fox News (and our President) that they think they need to constantly be ready to get into a shootout with someone. Really, just imagine living in such constant fer that you think you need to always have a gun on your side, even when you’re in a heavily protected place.
These laws always bounce around in places like Arkansas and Texas, and the rationale’s usually that they could help to stop school shootings. Wouldn’t this just make the job of campus police even harder though? Imagine you’re walking through your respective campus, and you see a guy with a gun. First instinct would be, okay, that’s not right, campus police should know so that we don’t get killed. But now let’s say, God forbid, there’s a person coming on campus to shoot the place up, and this law’s in place. Well, the police won’t be able to do anything until AFTER the person starts murdering people. I don’t trust most of my fellow college students with handling microwave mac and cheese, rather with carrying guns. Alcohol + guns = accidental deaths. That’s an equation as old as guns.