Mixing Guns and Nukes on Campus

by / Saturday, 22 February 2014 / Published in News
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A governor with a tiny bit of leadership would just stop the guns on campus bill with a veto threat.

So, university leaders and law enforcement (who were denied the chance to testify in the Idaho Senate) could not appeal to the common sense of our governor, or GOP politicians, and block a bill legalizing guns on campus. GOP politicians were not open to hearing about declines in enrollment because students would rather sit in classes with unarmed peers. GOP politicians didn’t care that university campuses are some of the safest places to be in Idaho–without arming a paranoid minority itching to flash their peacemakers.

(And, isn’t it weird that these self-anointed gun champs would outlaw guns in some situations where no state law exists? Hint: this has nothing to do with liberty and everything to do with special interest money and beating rightwing election drums.)

Well, let’s see if an economic argument will have any effect. (Which is hit or miss with a bunch that thinks it’s swell to lead the nation in percent of minimum wage jobs.)

We need a governor who can and who will lead.

Guns on campus could end nuke research at ISU

by Associated Press | KTVB.COM | February 22, 2014

POCATELLO — Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter says Idaho State University could lose its license to conduct nuclear research from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission if a bill to allow concealed weapons on college campuses becomes law.

Otter says ISU President Arthur Vailas told him that the commission has a zero tolerance policy regarding weapons at licensed nuclear research facilities.

The Idaho State Journal reports that Otter made the comments Friday while meeting with ISU’s College Republicans.

A bill allowing concealed weapons on Idaho’s college campuses passed the Senate 25-10 Tuesday and is headed for the House.

Otter declined to say Friday whether he would sign or veto the bill should it arrive on his desk.

Vailas says much of the school’s research portfolio is in the nuclear energy field.

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