Idaho Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter has signed legislation allowing concealed carry on public college and university campuses starting July 1, and in the process reminded politicians everywhere that upholding the Constitution is not always easy or popular.
“As elected officials,” he wrote in a letter to Senate President Brad Little, “we have a sworn responsibility to protect and defend the Constitution – not only when doing so is easy, convenient or without cost, but especially when it is not. This legislation challenges us to fulfill that charge.”
He said a few other things that defy political correctness as well. The new law takes effect July 1, and it did not pass without protest by anti-gunners. But the Gem State has a heavy population of gun owners, and there is no evidence that legal guns on campus have caused problems in either Utah or Colorado, western states where the right to carry on campus has already been upheld in the courts.
Campus shootings have been committed by people with previously recognized mental problems, and they all happened in so-called “gun-free” zones where the victims had been disarmed by law and campus policy.
Otter’s action clearly contrasts with that of Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, who signed one of the nation’s strictest gun laws last year. That law is now being challenged and it has set the stage for a possible confrontation on constitutional rights versus political correctness.