A week ago the paper had a front-page article about a new Idaho law that will allow some concealed possession of firearms at state colleges and universities.
Then this past Tuesday you published a letter that coalesced that Idaho legislation with what was referred to as another school shooting. The so-called school shooting appears to be the recent violence in Isla Vista, Calif., which is near — but not on — the University of California, Santa Barbara, campus.
Apparently we are to conclude that because of a bizarre attack by a person using a knife or other sharp object, one or more handguns and an automobile to kill and injure others near a college campus, the Idaho campuses will now be unsafe. There is special concern that drunken or drug-crazed students will shoot one another in the campus living areas to settle arguments over women.
According to your front-page article, the legislation does not apply to all locations on the campuses and requires a concealed carry permit recorded in an enhanced driver’s license. It is significant in analyzing the stated concerns that handguns will not be allowed in the dormitories.
I attended a college where I know over three quarters of the students had high-powered semi-automatic rifles in their dorm rooms almost every day of the academic year.
During my four years as a student there was not a single shot fired in anger or accidentally.
This experience causes me to conclude that it is not the presence of a firearm that presents a danger, but what is between the ears of the person possessing it.
Until proven otherwise, I trust the state of Idaho to use good judgment in issuing the required concealed carry permits and maintaining safety on Idaho campuses.