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Opening Arguments

Classroom carrying

Arizona may actually do what a lot of gun-rights advocates have been urging: 

A committee of the Arizona Legislature is weighing arguments made today over a proposal to let people with permits to carry concealed weapons bring guns to K-12 schools, community colleges and universities.

The Senate's Judiciary Committee listened to more than two hours of testimony about the proposal, but didn't take a vote.

The testimony came four days after a gunman opened fire during a lecture at Northern Illinois University, killing five young people before turning a gun on himself.

It's not like the gun-free-zone thing has been working, is it? But this article also contains a good argument against concealed-carry in schools that has to be answered: "Opponents say police officers urgently responding to a school shooting might have difficulty distinguishing innocent permit-holders from the gunman."


Larry Morris
Tue, 02/19/2008 - 12:04pm
tim zank
Tue, 02/19/2008 - 2:22pm


Tue, 02/19/2008 - 3:52pm

When's the last time it hasn't been effectively over by the time the police actually *went in*?

I am not personally aware of any situations that this has been a major problem in so far.

Bob G.
Tue, 02/19/2008 - 4:43pm

Considering most teachers would be a lot better dressed (or should be), I would think that any LEO that goes in would have a much easier time picking out the perp...don't you?

I can't see any teacher wearing all black with a long trenchcoat teaching ANY subject (even a liberal art).

Time for some "Harry Senate" problem-solving.
(gratuitous Boston Public reference)