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Scaled-back Arizona bill on campus guns advances

The Arizona Senate has given overwhelming approval to a bill that would let people carry guns on streets and adjacent sidewalks at college and university campuses.

The Senate’s party-line 21-7 vote Monday sends the bill to the House.

The bill originally would have allowed people with permits for concealed weapons to carry the weapons anywhere on campuses, including inside buildings.

But it was watered down last week.

Supporters of the original proposal say students and faculty members with weapons could defend themselves from attack while waiting for police to respond.

Opponents say allowing guns on campus would create dangerous situations in which officers responding to a shooting might be confused about which armed person was the wrongdoer.

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4 comments

  1. The picture above illustrates just one more reason why guns on (or near) campuses are a bad idea.

    The picture shows: a man drawing a weapon from his pants…with his finger on the trigger and the safety is off…a perfect example of a violation of gun safety behavior.

    Now add: sleep deprivation, anger, alcohol, drugs, and an adolescent attitude and behavior (along with safety violations) and what have you got? The answer is you’ve got the perfect formula for accidental death or injury.

    Guns on or near campuses are is a wholey bad idea on any level.

  2. So reporters posting poorly staged pictures are now providing reasons why colleges should remain defenseless victim zones?

    Seriously?

    Someone still needs to explain why colleges are different than any other area of the state. What makes the boundary of a campus so special? People can carry guns anywhere else, yet the carnage you all have been crying about for years has utterly failed to materialize. Why does anyone think it would be different on a campus?

  3. Guns on campuses are clearly a solution looking for a problem. Statistically, campuses are the safest places in the country. That does not imply that they are 100% safe, but the presence of firearms ALWAYS increases the risk for people’s safety.

    The entire body of knowledge clearly indicates that there is a substantially higher probability of death or injury when firearms are present versus the “safety” factor they provide for the “theoretical” future attack on campus.

    The outlook and perspective for guns on campuses is the same as the frequent visitor to a gambling casino…they just “know” that even though the odds are against them, they are still willing to bet KNOWING the odds are against them, but there is that ever so slight chance of winning.

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