Thursday, November 24, 2016

Does the legislature even need to meet? On guns, apparently not

Posted By on Thu, Nov 24, 2016 at 7:46 AM

click to enlarge MORE GUNS: Charlie Collins make the case again.
  • MORE GUNS: Charlie Collins make the case again.
The headline is prompted by an article in this morning's Democrat-Gazette about Rep. Charlie Collins' plan to continue to try to force concealed weapons onto college campuses. So far, he's only been able to pass a law allowing weapons on vote of college supervising boards.

But he'll be back to try to remove that barrier in 2017, as expected.

But he says now he's sure he'll pass the measure because of a further increase in the number of Republicans in the legislature, 75 of 100 in the House and 24 of 35 in the Senate. They had a comfortable majority in 2015, too. Democratic Rep. Greg Leding of Fayetteville, a supporter of local control of the gun issue and more simply, an opponent of more guns on campus, thinks Collins is right.

Which leads me to my headline. Are guns — and just about every other issue — neatly defined as Republican v. Democrat? Is it really a given that ALL Republicans vote in lockstep on virtually every issue of contention — medical practice on women, human rights, guns. If so, perhaps they could just mail in their proxies and save taxpayers the per diem

I'd like to think that there a few Republicans — NRA members, hunters, handgun owners and CC permit holders though they may be — who understand that campuses are generally very safe and that the presence of guns might create problems for public safety officers, not to mention inject deadly firepower into situations sometimes fraught with emotion. One or two, maybe? Or does Arkansas just gave Wayne LaPierre its proxy on all gun issues?

Points to ASU's president, Chuck Welch, for gingerly calling for continued local control of the question. UA Chancellor Joe Steinmetz spoke strongly on this early in his tenure, but he's felt the anger of Republican legislators since. Legislate like Collins venerate the 2nd Amendment beyond all historical meaning, but have less good feeling for the 1st (remember the women's basketball players?)


Tags: , , , , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (17)

Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-17 of 17

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

Most Shared

  • Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist resigns

    Bob Scoggin, 50, the Department of Arkansas Heritage archeologist whose job it was to review the work of agencies, including DAH and the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department, for possible impacts on historic properties, resigned from the agency on Monday. Multiple sources say Scoggin, whom they describe as an "exemplary" employee who the week before had completed an archeological project on DAH property, was told he would be fired if he did not resign.
  • Labor department director inappropriately expensed out-of-state trips, audit finds

    Jones was "Minority Outreach Coordinator" for Hutchinson's 2014 gubernatorial campaign. The governor first named him as policy director before placing him over the labor department instead in Jan. 2015, soon after taking office.
  • Lawsuit filed against ADC officials, prison chaplain convicted of sexual assault at McPherson

    A former inmate who claims she was sexually assaulted over 70 times by former McPherson Womens' Unit chaplain Kenneth Dewitt has filed a federal lawsuit against Dewitt, several staff members at the prison, and officials with the Arkansas Department of Corrections, including former director Ray Hobbs.
  • Rapert compares Bill Clinton to Orval Faubus

    Sen. Jason Rapert (R-Conway)  was on "Capitol View" on KARK, Channel 4, this morning, and among other things that will likely inspire you to yell at your computer screen, he said he expects someone in the legislature to file a bill to do ... something about changing the name of the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport.

Visit Arkansas

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Arkansas remembers Pearl Harbor

Central Arkansas venues have a full week of commemorative events planned

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation