Did you ever see the "Bad Idea Jeans" skit on Saturday Night Live? You know, it's Mike Meyers, David Spade, and Phil Hartman sitting around at a park, all wearing the same jeans, and they keep spouting off bad idea after bad idea? Hence, "bad idea jeans." It's funny -- and ironic -- because all of the ideas are so bad you would never do them. For instance, Mike Meyers says, "I feel a lot better having a gun in the house now that I have kids."
See, that's funny! 'Cause it's such a bad idea! And it's exactly what I thought of when I heard Arizona just passed a law that would allow guns on school campuses. Supporters of the bill feel that a person's constitutional right to bear arms should not be taken away just because he or she is on a campus. I say, sure it should!
I know, yesterday I wrote about how gun laws probably don't make a difference -- in the event of a killing spree, like the one in Brazil. And I don't they would, because when someone opens fire in an elementary school, it's not a matter of whether or not they could get their hands on a gun, it's a matter of them not being well. But guns and drunk teenagers? Sure doesn't make sense to this gal.
I'm anti-gun. Plain and simple. I don't like 'em. I don't want to be near 'em. They freak me the eff out. But I do realize, more or less, that it is possible to use them in a "responsible" way. And that place is not on campuses. Because college kids aren't responsible. And I can say this with the utmost of certainty because I was there for four years. And so were all my friends. And I don't think I came across one person who never did something stupid during their higher education career. Falling down in public, waking up next to someone you don't want to wake up next to, saying things you should only think, trips to the emergency room -- these are things that happen when you mix parentless students and alcohol. Really think it's a good idea to throw guns into the mix?
Not to mention the church and state issue, if you will. Universities don't want guns on their campuses. Faculty groups at the state's three universities passed resolutions against the bill. Rep. Steve Farley mentioned how it's going to be harder to attract top-flight faculty and staff.
I don't believe this is a good move for us. I think it compromises the key core goal of our universities ... to have a free and unintimidating exchange of ideas.
Well said, Mr. Farley. 'Cause guns on campuses: Bad Idea Jeans.
What do you think about guns being allowed on campuses in Arizona?
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