Our lawmakers, who approved the measure by a 35-5 vote, are making a huge mistake - one with the potential for deadly consequences and one that should cause parents everywhere to be concerned for the safety of their children.
The Associated Press reported that the bill expands the number of public buildings into which people with concealed-carry permits can bring their weapons. The measure includes a provision allowing local school boards, community and technical college boards and state university administrators to designate employees who could carry concealed weapons, even if such firearms are banned from campus buildings.
The House has already approved a similar measure, and a final version is likely to emerge from negotiations between the two chambers next week. In addition, gun-rights supporters expected senators to consider another proposal next week challenging federal regulation of some firearms.
Earlier this month, House members also approved a separate bill declaring that the federal government has no power to regulate firearms, ammunition and accessories, such as holsters, that are manufactured, sold and kept in Kansas. The measure also makes it a felony for any employee or agent of the U.S. government to attempt to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty affecting such items.
All of this should be cause for concern.
The way to combat gun-toting lunatics is not by bringing more firearms onto our school campuses. A bullet, whether fired by a deranged monster or a school employee trying his darnedest to stop a melee, still has the potential for tragedy.
Friendly fire is equally dangerous.
If someone wants to inflict harm, it can be done - in a despicable headline-making way.
More guns on hand would only exacerbate an already deadly situation.
— The Hutchinson News