Arizona Passes Guns on Campus Bill

Posted on April 18, 2011 by

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Allowing guns on campus has been a hot issue in the Higher Ed news for a couple months now.  Like Utah, Arizona is the second state that will allow guns to be carried on campus sidewalks and roads of public universities, according to the Huffington Post.  “The legislature is being very extreme on gun issues, and it couldn’t be more opposite to what the public wants,” said Hildy Saizow, President of Arizonans for Gun Safety, a gun control advocacy group.

People are afraid if this bill is passed that a lot will change for Arizona’s higher education.  1. Students will be less likely to transfer from out of state to their campuses. 2. Professors and faculty will either take an early retirement or go and teach elsewhere out of fear of not knowing who has a gun and when (especially when in 2009, a graduate student committed suicide with a gun in a professors office).  3.  Current students might consider transferring to a private university or out of state.

If such a large majority of people disagree with the bill SB 1467 which sailed through the House of Representatives last week, why is this type of law even being considered?  Does it seem appropriate to have 18 year olds carrying guns??

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