What Could Go Wrong?

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is not what you may call a profile in courage.

Guns are headed to college campuses in Tennessee even though the legislation allowing it was not signed by Governor Haslam.

The governor wanted to have it both ways in that he believes colleges should be able to prohibit guns if they want to, but he also... actually it's not exactly clear what the hell else he believes.

“I am letting SB 2376 become law without my signature. I have long stated a preference for systems and institutions to be able to make their own decisions regarding security issues on campus, and I again expressed this concern throughout the legislative process this year," he said in a statement.

"Although SB 2376 does not go as far as I would like in retaining campus control, the final version of the bill included input from higher education and was shaped to accommodate some of their concerns."

The governor did not want to put his name on the bill whether to support it or reject it.

There will be some limitations on which campus facilities guns will be carried in, such as gymnasiums, but it's only a matter of time until someone accidentally carries a gun into a gym and accidentally leaves it in the bathroom or shoots themselves. These are entirely predictable events.

The bill was opposed by many campus police chiefs because it will complicate how they respond to emergency situations but, you know, Republican lawmakers clearly know what's best for security, not the chiefs who are directly responsible for security.

  • muselet

    It’s been quite a few years, but I remember the people I went to college with.

    The thought of folks like that being armed scares the hell out of me.


  • Ken Kohl

    Haslam is part of the family that owns the Browns. My work is done here,,,

  • Georgie
  • I would be more worried that some drunk jerks brings a weapon to a sporting event and starts firing off in celebration or when their team starts to lose. I mean, college students have been known to riot after winning a big game. Let’s just throw guns into the mix to keep it lively!

  • Aynwrong

    Maybe the NRA can start offering special training courses in distinguishing the “the good guy with a gun” from everyone else. Everyone else who of course, will all have guns.

    First lesson: DUCK!!!

    • Second lesson: Don’t allow your kids to go to college in TN