Let's see: young men, high stress, too much alcohol—what could possibly go wrong with this idea?
Here's the World's editorial, which we endorse:
Earlier this year, in response to horrifying events like last year's mass shooting at Virginia Tech, a group of college and vo-tech officials outlined a rational plan to keep Oklahoma campuses as secure as possible.
It called for a standard response plan for campus emergencies, more training on mental-health issues, and standards for emergency notification systems.
Task force members also pointed out what was already well known, that the state needs more room for patients at mental-health and drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment facilities.
The group -- made up of people who work on campuses -- studied the issue carefully and determined that no major changes in state laws were needed.
That wasn't good enough for some people in the Oklahoma Legislature.
Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, says the way to address the problem of campus security is to allow college students to pack heat in the classroom.
Murphey has proposed legislation that would allow licensed students to carry concealed weapons on campus.
Here's the way he figures it: If any frat boy might have a .357-Magnumin his backpack, the crazed killer would think twice before he starts on a rampage.
Actually, crazed people don't think things out. If they behaved rationally, they wouldn't go on a rampage in the first place. That's the way rampages work.
All Murphey's bill would do is make campuses less secure and hamstring police responding to emergencies.
Officers responding to an emergency like the Virginia Tech massacre would face a nightmare within a nightmare if marginally trained amateurs were pulling out their guns.
Rep. Paul Roan, a retired state trooper and no softy on crime, put it right: Currently, guns are illegal on campus, so any cop who sees one knows the armed student is a bad guy.
Heaven forbid that Oklahoma see a Virginia Tech-type incident, but it if happens police need to be able to respond without worrying about whether the gun-toting student they see is a good guy or a bad guy.
The Virginia Tech killings horrified the nation. The urge to do something is natural. The task force addressed the issue appropriately. Murphey needs to go back to school on this one.