Unsurprising news today. Just like dodo birds returning to their cliffs, Arizona legislators, committed to the notion that nothing is too farfetched or too dangerous for them to tackle, are trying to get students on our college campuses to be able to carry guns. In a scene akin to running around the decks of the sinking Titanic, handing out guns rather than lifejackets, these self-proclaimed ideological extremists, mostly Republicans, prefer to view the world down the barrel of a gun.
Lest the reader be mistaken, I am a fiscal conservative, an Independent voter, a gun owner, and a Vietnam combat veteran. However, I can also walk and chew gum at the same time, and therefore unlike these Fred Flintstones sound a likes in our state legislature, I agree with the university presidents, faculties, students, and the majority of sensible Arizona citizens, that guns have no place on a university or college campus, where academics — not marksmanship — should be the mission.
John W Greco