/Guns at games They can’t be serious

Guns at games They can’t be serious

And I think to my self: Seriously? Then I read the bill introduced by Rep. Andy Gipson (R-Braxton), which would allow permit-holding citizens access to guns on college campuses, and thus into athletic events. I thought to myself, “Of all the stupid, ill-conceived and dumb ideas I have ever heard,” Over the years, I have been a part of college athletic events. There, emotions are high, alcohol is consumed by the gallon, and even otherwise rational people can act like crazy fanatics. I have seen empty liquor bottles, apparently aimed at officials, pass my head at least twice, once at a basketball match and once at the conclusion of a football league. Bullets are easier to aim than liquor containers. According to the story, Greg Sankey, SEC commissioner, had sent letters to Jeff Vitter at Ole Miss and Mark Keenum at Mississippi State, stating that weapons would increase safety concerns and negatively impact both athletic programs. Sankey wrote: “…it’s likely that competitors will decline the opportunity to play in Oxford or Starkville. Game officials will decline assignments. Personal safety concerns will also be used during recruiting. Fan attendance will also be negatively impacted.” SEC officials and university officials warn about the repercussions for concealed carry bill Sankey is concerned about sports events. The Senate is yet to act on the proposed law, but it would have a negative impact on more than just games. Let me give you one example: A chemistry student meets with his professor after failing to receive a grade. This could result in the student losing his scholarship, and/or the student being expelled from or suspended from university. The student pleads his cause. The professor does not change his mind. The professor doesn’t know that the student carries a gun in a shoulder holster underneath his jacket. This is a sports column, and I am the best at sports. This is what I know: Allowing fans, or fanatics, to legally carry concealed weapons into emotionally charged sporting events is dangerous. I know that A.C. “Butch,” Lambert would agree. Lambert, a Mississippi Sports Hall of Famer was a player and a coach. He was also an SEC basketball and football official. He was also an influential state legislator, and State Tax Commissioner. Lambert told me once about his time officiating at a basketball match between Centenary College in New Orleans and Tulane at Fogelman Arena. This was where beer was still sold and consumed copiously. Butch said that he had to make three to four tough calls and they were all against Tulane. The next thing I knew, a man had come out of the stands carrying a knife with at least a 4- or 5-inch blade. He hollers at Me, “You make one more bleepin’ call against Tulane and then I’m going to cut your guts out.” Butch laughed at his own situation, “The next thing that happens is that a Tulane player charges into an Centenary player. It’s called, and the man is coming straight for me. He was just about to enter the court when a cop approached and grabbed him. “I really believe that he was going try to cut my guts out.” This is the obvious question, and one senator should seriously consider: What if this guy had been carrying a gun instead of a knife? More concealed carry concerns triggered by gun-wielding lawmaker