I was disappointed that HB198 passed the Legislature. This allows 18- to 20-year-olds to obtain a concealed weapon permit. Several short-sighted arguments were made.
First, the argument that "young women need to protect themselves on college campuses." I would ask, what is to keep a perpetrator from overpowering someone and using the gun against her? A bad situation could potentially get worse.
Rape is a serious problem and girls need protection, but we can't guarantee they will be the only ones getting permits. There are 18- to 20-year-olds who are not mature or emotionally stable who will be seeking the permits as well.