Arkansas House passes double standard gun-carrying law

Faculty and staff on college and university campuses in Arkansas may be able to carry concealed weapons soon, but the students still will not be able to defend themselves.

The Arkansas House passed House Bill 1243, which would allow faculty and staff on college and university campuses to carry concealed weapons. However, the law excludes anyone, “enrolled as a full-time student at the university, college, or community college.”

Arkansas State Rep. Charlie Collins (R- Fayetteville) introduced the bill that passed by a vote of 70-11 in the Republican-controlled House.

“Killers choose our university campuses frequently to murder our loved ones,” representative Collins said, according to Campusreform.org. “The bad guys know that the good guys aren’t going to have a weapon and so one of the things that we can do to protect our loved ones is to allow concealed carry on campus.”

Now, the Republican-controlled Senate must pass it before it lands on the desk of Governor Mike Beebe (D-AR).

The Democratic governor indicated at a press conference Friday that he would sign it into law now that it was amended to include an opt-out clause for all institutions, not only private ones, according to Arkansas Business.

Arkansas would become the 23rd state in the U.S. to legalize the right for faculty and staff to carry concealed weapons on college and university campuses if Gov. Beebe signs HB 1243.

Comments

Jimmy Kimmel 'censors' Obama

Thanks to some mischievous editing from Jimmy Kimmel, these originally innocent TV clips will put your mind straight in the gutter.

Jon Stewart: Fox News is 'killing' him

As his days on the Daily Show wind down, Jon Stewart wants to make sure we are all aware how much he really, really hates Fox News.

Jay Carney is going to work for Amazon

Imagining an Amazon customer service call with Jay Carney on the line.

Ron Swanson, libertarian visionary

We're sad to say that "Parks and Rec" has aired its finale episode, leaving a Pawnee-shaped hole in our hearts.

Jon Stewart defends Bill O'Reilly

Bill O’Reilly, whom a Mother Jones report has accused of Brian-Williams-like war reporting exaggerations, has an unlikely defender: his long-time sparring partner, Jon Stewart.

White House

Calling for cooperation, Obama engages in confrontation

WASHINGTON (AP) — Amid appeals for bipartisanship, President Barack Obama in just three days has provoked Republicans on issues as disparate as immigration, Wall Street and the Keystone XL pipeline — a combative mix of defense and offense that underscores Washington's political realignment.

It’s on: Obama follows through and vetoes Keystone pipeline

Defying the Republican-run Congress, President Barack Obama rejected a bill Tuesday to approve construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline, wielding his veto power for only the third time in his presidency.

Biden: The middle class is ‘being killed,’ in worse shape than any time since the ’20s

Joe Biden—everyone’s favorite creeper and truth-bomb-dropper.

MSNBC Host: Obama’s terrorism summit is a ‘dog and pony show’
You know it’s bad when President Obama has even lost the support of MSNBC. MSNBC Host Andrea Mitchell basically called the White House’s Summit on “Countering Violent Extremism” a farce during her show Wednesday. “Here he has the summit, no heads of government coming, the participation has not been at a particularly high level. We’ll have […]
Obama assures ‘almost complete confidence’ there have been no NSA abuses

The president’s interview with Re/code over the weekend touched on privacy issues, with Obama insisting with “almost complete confidence” that there have been no abuses of the government’s vast surveillance program.

Congress

Cruz: Obama, Carter similarities 'uncanny'
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has his sights set on 2016, but he is not very optimistic about what will happen both at home and abroad in the mean time. Cruz laid out his predictions for the direction he believes President Obama is leading the country in during a round table event with reporters and bloggers […]
Cruz calls Lynch vote 'heartbreaking'
Loretta Lynch won approval from a key Senate committee Thursday to serve as the nation’s next attorney general, as divided Republicans clashed over her support for President Barack Obama’s immigration policies. The 12 to 8 vote in the Judiciary Committee sent Lynch’s nomination to the full Senate. Three Republicans joined all committee Democrats in voting “yes.” […]
It's Warren 2015, not '16

There seems to be a lot of talk about political "branding" lately. Allow Elizabeth Warren to take a crack at it.

Rand Paul calls Giuliani comments

Rand Paul pushed back on Rudy Giuliani’s controversial comments about Obama’s lack of patriotism, saying he prefers to question policy rather than motive.

House bills would legalize recreational marijuana
THE HILL — Marijuana would be legalized for recreational purposes and taxed like tobacco and alcohol undernew legislation in the House. The Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act reintroduced Friday by Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) would remove pot from a list of federally banned drugs. Meanwhile, the Marijuana Tax Revenue Act, a companion bill from Rep. […]