When you think of American college kids what comes to mind?
If you said partying – I would say grab some cheap beer and a beer bong and let’s do this! However, if you are like many state lawmakers that’s not what is coming to mind these days. Turns out when they think of college kids they are thinking about guns.
“In Texas, two bills are making their way through legislation: Last month, the state Senate passed a “campus-carry” measure. If the bill passes in the state House, Texas will be the largest state to allow students to carry concealed weapons to protect themselves.” http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/movement-allow-weapons-college-campuses-gains-force-n344066
My home state of Kansas and 6 other states already have measures in place to allow students to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.
What could go wrong with college kids carrying guns?
I know when I was in college it was my most stable time. Just ask some of my college boyfriends.
I Googled dumb things American college kids say and came up with some further evidence supporting that college kids and guns would make a fabulous combination.
My favorite result was from Reddit. Here are my favorites from dumb things college kids say:
1. “A girl in my class wrote Cockasian on a paper as a race.”
2. “Why did they bring slaves from Africa when they could have gotten black people from the Caribbean?” – African Studies class
3. “so ‘cat’ is the past tense of ‘cut’ right? Like, ‘I cat myself with my knife.'”
4. “It was wrong to use the atom bombs in Japan. Imagine how many Americans we killed, like all the people vacationing there at the time”
and finally my favorite –
5. “If Barack is our president, who’s Obama?”
You really believe these people should be armed? Seriously? Even #5?
Continuing on from the Texas Senator who supports the bill….
“Students have expressed concerns to me about their ability to protect themselves,” said the bill’s author, Sen. Brian Birdwell, R-Granbury, who several times invoked a “God-given” right to self-defense. “It’s time we don’t imperil their safety.”
Most college kids I’ve spoken to have only talked to me about their God-given right to party (see Beastie Boys song). Anyhoo, we all know the first rule of politics is compromise and who am I to step in the way of someone’s God-given right to something. For example, I have a God-given right to shoe shop and I dare someone to get in the way of me and a good shoe sale.
Even though I think this is a terrible idea, I’m willing to compromise. We all know that sexual assault is a problem on college campuses. How about if we only arm the women and see how that goes?