Douglas Meagher

Brent Steele and Johnny Nugent are nuts

Filed By Douglas Meagher | January 08, 2009 12:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Politics, Politics

State Senators Johnny Nugent (R-Lawrenceburg) and Brent Steele (R-Bedford) have introduced legislation to prohibit state universities from banning student possession of guns on campuses. Their apparent reasoning is that, in light of recent tragedies such as the Virginia Tech killings, armed students will be better able to protect themselves against such incidents. In other words, if everyone is packing heat, then no one will be inclined to go on a shooting rampage.

I remember how mature, calm and rational my classmates and I were during our undergraduate years, especially after a long night of cheap beer and abuse of other substances. None of us would have ever done anything stupid. The fraternity parties were like high tea at The Ritz. I never once witnessed a heated argument or a physical fight. There were never any jealous altercations over girlfriends (or boyfriends). I never knew another student struggling with personal difficulties. No one ever stole anything from anyone else. Racial harmony was the norm. Gay people were embraced.

Clearly, if Seung-Hui Cho had known that his fellow students were armed he would have thought twice before killing 32 people and wounding many others. Actually, this is such a good idea that we ought to extend it to Indiana high schools. Had Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris known that other students at Columbine High School were armed, they surely wouldn't have killed 12 of their classmates.

Maybe the NRA can start a scholarship program. We don't need well-paid instructors and good classroom facilities. We need marksmen and shooting ranges. Each Pell Grant application should include a gun permit registration. Let's set up gun shows in the Student Union. Don't give students laptops. Give them Glocks instead!

This is such good public policy that I want to puke.

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I've come to the conclusion that the majority of our legislators - particularly the Republican ones (although quite a few southern Democrats fit the mold too!) - don't have two brain cells to rub together. This is a glaringly obvious example.

It's as if they go looking for "problems" to fix while ignoring the real problems Hoosiers face daily.