Lost in the shade from all the 'narrowly avoided potentially catastrophic to our oh so fragile recovery' doom and gloom talk yesterday, comes a slight bit of a bright spot in Arizona, where a bill has made it to the Governor which would allow firearms on college campuses.
Now, this isn't a total victory, as the bill does not allow the carrying of firearms into buildings on the campus...it simply allows them in the streets, parking lots, and sidewalks. Still, this is a huge step forward...at least you don't need to leave your gun at home to avoid breaking the law.
All Democrats in Arizona voted no, as well as 5 Republican Representatives, who have produced such quotes as:
"I'm extremely troubled by our desire to put weapons on an educational campus," said Rep. Bob Robson, R-Chandler. "It makes absolutely no sense if you've been on a college campus and recognize the emotional highs and lows that students have."
Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, opposed the bill and said it was part of an incremental effort to expand where guns are allowed. "Next year it'll be in the classroom, and then it's only a matter of time before it gets to K-12," she said.