The Paranoia Runs Deep

Leave it to Arizona to get it wrong. In spite of public polling and the expressed desires of a majority of students and faculty, the Arizona State legislature has passed a law allowing firearms on state campuses.


Two days after the Jan. 8 Tucson shootings, as Rep. Gabrielle Giffords lay in a medically induced coma, Arizona’s House of Representatives introduced the session’s very first piece of legislation: a bill allowing college professors to carry concealed weapons on campus.

A similar bill, SB 1467, which would allow anyone to carry a gun on the sidewalks and roads of public universities, sailed through the House last Thursday, despite the fact that the majority of Arizonans oppose sending guns to college.

“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.

Nearly 70 percent of Arizonans and 56 percent of gun owners did not want to expand gun rights on college campuses, according a February poll by American Viewpoint, a Republican-leaning research company.

On campuses, the opposition is even stronger. More than 80 percent of the state’s students and parents opposed the bill in its original form — which would have allowed guns inside university buildings and dorms — according to a 1,400-person survey done by Arizona State University Regents’ professor Stuart Lindsay. Another round of polls by the Graduate and Professional Student Association at ASU found that two-thirds of graduate students would feel less safe if firearms were allowed anywhere on campus, even within locked cars or in the hands of professors.


2 thoughts on “The Paranoia Runs Deep

  1. This fits right into part of blog i posted at Dag:

    Now here is a link to a list of 40 shootings in our schools and on our campuses from 1997-2007:,2933,266371,00.html

    And you will notice the words Fox News in the link.

    But I think this gun thing that is so important to the Teabaggers has to do with their fears that the government is going to take away their Hummel figurines and hand them over to drug addicted Negroes. But if they are properly armed, they will not have to worry about this.

    I will wrap this up with a contradiction relating to these teabagging morons who wish to arm our children:

    That’s the message of the New Hampshire GOP, who is pushing a pair of bills that would prevent students from voting in their college town.

    “Voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do,” said state Speaker William O’Brien. Students lack “life experience,” and “they just vote their feelings.”

    Sound familiar? Humboldt County conservatives issue the same complaint when they lose county-wide elections, blaming students at Humboldt State University.

    Obviously college students are so damned dumb and ill educated that we cannot give them the vote.

    So we will just go ahead an arm them instead!

  2. Live Free or Die. That’s the state motto of New Hampshire. I’m not sure how New Hampshireites are going to square that with denying the vote to people just because they’re likely to vote the liberal ticket.

    We got elected officials saying the dumbest shit all over the place. It’s all a bit Freudian I think how they are spilling their guts like this. I’ll bet old Sigmund is laughing like hell.

    As for FOX. I never watch anything FOX. On the web or on TV. Afraid of the mind pollution. Can’t be too careful.

    And the gun thing. Well there just ain’t nothing sensible to say about that.

    It is telling though how it reflects exactly what has been going on all over the nation for quite some time now. That is, our elected officials are very dependable when it comes to doing the opposite of what is indicated by citizens in polling.

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