As a native of the proud state of Arizona, there's nothing that does my heart prouder to see that the nut jobs who run state politics haven't changed much since I left. Never mind that in their Congressional Power Rankings, Congress.org ranks Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona dead last in both chambers. That's just kind of piling on to a long-standing embarrassment that is no surprise or stranger to Arizona political watchers.
No, the latest example of good old politics as usual in the state comes from a bill introduced by State Senator Karen Johnson (and explained here) that allows permitted individuals to carry concealed weapons at public colleges and universities. You know, so if another shooter comes along, the proud students of Arizona can gun them down before things get out of hand. Because nothing breeds peace and harmony like more firearms. While I strongly disagree, this isn't even where the real lunacy comes. For that, I have to quote the New York Times story on the bill. "[Senator Johnson] initially wanted her bill to cover all public schools, kindergarten and up, but other lawmakers convinced her it stood a better chance of passing if it were limited to higher education."
That's right. The idea wasn't shot down (get it?) because it's stupid to have concealed, loaded firearms around kindergarteners; it was shot down because it might be easier to pass if it's limited to high education. You know, to get the wimpy moderates to agree.
Of course, this isn't the first time that Senator Johnson has gone out on a limb on the crazy tree. In 2000, she introduced a resolution that called for "abolition of the federal government and allowing individual states to assume their sovereign rights if the president, Congress, or any other federal agent were to declare martial law and suspend the Constitution. These states then would be free to form a new nation."
Did I mention that this is where John McCain is from? Just something to think about.