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11:21 PM Sat, Oct. 20th

Letter: Guns on campus isn't the answer


Rich Taylor recently quoted the Second Amendment: "A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." Then he said that this is to make it easier to provide a public militia as security for a free state. Well, 220 years ago there was a public militia, but today there is none - except the National Guard, which has its own weapons. If Taylor is suggesting a private militia, they surely are not "well-regulated," which the Amendment says is necessary.

Would pistols on college campuses really help protect the students, faculty and others? You do have be 21 to carry a gun legally in Arizona. But you also must be 21 to drink legally in Arizona.

Enough said. Ever heard of underage drinking around a college campus?

Taylor seems to think that everybody will handle weapons as responsibly as members of the gun organizations, but this is not so.

The law enforcement agencies, the campus security departments, the University Presidents and Boards of Trustees are unanimous in opposing this idea. Which seems to matter very little to some of our gifted legislators.

Al Herron