Gun leg­is­la­tion not about cre­at­ing bet­ter fu­ture

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - EDITORIAL PAGE -

Bill 1249 “has gone through a rocky his­tory,” as Sen. Trent Gar­ner said, be­cause it’s a bad bill. I’m not go­ing to tell him (and the other 17 sen­a­tors who also lost their heads and voted for it) that they sold their soul to the NRA or that they mis­read what most Arkansas want, es­pe­cially those whom it di­rectly af­fects.

My con­cern is the prece­dent be­ing set through the mes­sage be­ing sent. The bill isn’t about pro­tec­tion (col­leges have that with their well-trained pub­lic se­cu­rity de­part­ments and nearby city po­lice of­fi­cers). My con­cern is that the Se­nate should be lead­ers who cre­ate a bet­ter fu­ture for their con­stituents. You’re telling us the world is ugly and dan­ger­ous and get­ting worse. I dis­agree, as do sta­tis­tics.

Come fall, I am not afraid of be­ing on my col­lege cam­pus or in my class­room. I trust and re­spect my stu­dents and col­leagues to con­tinue mak­ing good de­ci­sions, whether they choose to carry a gun or not.

I just thought we elected peo­ple who mir­ror our bet­ter na­tures.

Maybe next time. SAB­RINA CHESNE Bella Vista

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