|Sorry I'm late, I had forgotten my gun. You got a problem with that teach?|
Tom Wade, the gun-toting, Starbucks loving, Bucks-supporting host of 1090 AM radio's Wake Up Laredo was at it again this morning, true to form. I only got to listen to part of the show, but I'm guessing that Wade opened up with the same story that today's Laredo Morning Times did: Guns on campus. Apparently, the Texas GOP is poised to pass a gun law that would allow concealed firearms on the state's colleges and universities. Not surprisingly, Wade's take on this was sort of "What took you so long?".
I wonder if the free exchange of ideas at our institutions of higher-learning will be hindered in any respect by this new law. Some class discussions can get pretty heated, especially those dealing with political and/or sociological issues. What are the chances that some students will refrain from truly speaking their minds when someone with an opposing viewpoint, sitting only a few feet away, is packing heat? What if that person is a right or left leaning extremist and is just "itching like a finger on the trigger of a gun" as Paul Simon would say?
I wonder if Mr. Wade feels that guns in this type of setting present even the slightest infringement upon Americans' first amendment rights. It would be interesting to hear his take on this view. The Bill of Rights grants us Freedom of Speech. What happens when that freedom is impinged upon by another right (right to bear arms)? What say you, Tom Wade?
Maybe next we see a political debate in Texas, both candidates will be armed and ready for bear.