More than 200 people protested in the rain outside Idaho’s statehouse Thursday. They want lawmakers to reject a bill that would allow concealed weapons on college and university campuses.
The group was made up primarily of students and faculty of Boise State University and the College of Western Idaho. Sharing space with them on the Capitol steps were about 20 protesters supporting the guns-on-campus bill.
Boise State English professor Bruce Ballenger says there are strong feelings on campus about the issue.
“I think it’s long past due that we get out of our ivory tower and get down on the streets and begin to articulate some of our views about things that affect higher education in the state,” Ballenger says.
He says allowing guns on campus would make students and faculty less safe. But he thinks the chances are slim that lawmakers will reject the measure despite the opposition of all the state’s university presidents and the Idaho Chiefs of Police Association.
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