SEC commissioner Greg Sankey is someone who thoroughly studies an issue, seeking thoughts of respected colleagues before making decisions or offering public opinion.
But what happened last week when an imbecilic proposed bill in the Mississippi state legislature allowing guns in stadiums and arenas was approved by the House of Representatives, Sankey wasted no time – pardon the inappropriate pun – firing back.
He counted, “One Mis-sis-sip-pi, Two Mis-sis-sip-pi.”
Then he informed leaders at Ole Miss and Mississippi State if the Mississippi state Senate agrees with the House to turn the proposed bill into a law, the Rebels and Bulldogs would likely play road games in all sports until further notice.
House Bill 1083 will give Mississippi gun owners with an enhanced carry permit the ability to sue if they are prevented from carrying on public property which includes universities and courthouses.
That means some Mississippi State fans could be packing more than cowbells. It would give an ominous meaning that an Ole Miss fan is “loaded.”
If you’re laughing at this point, it’s nervously. Because it’s extremely unnerving considering three of the five worst mass shootings in U.S. history – at a Las Vegas outdoor concert, an Orlando nightclub and a Virginia church – have happened within the last two years.
A mass shooting is usually defined as a shooting resulting in at least four victims, excluding the perpetrator. According to that specific parameter, there have been six mass shootings in our country in the last three years.
Yes, it can happen anywhere.
College campuses like the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 where a student killed 33 (including himself) and injured 17. The gunman had previously been declared mentally ill, but was allowed to purchase guns because he was not institutionalized.
An elementary school in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 when a 20-year old shot and killed 20 children and seven adults before killing himself.
A Texas church just three months ago when a 26-year old man walked in with a Luger semi-automatic rifle and killed 27 people and injured 20 others. The shooter was a former member of the Air Force who had been court-martialed and eventually dismissed for bad conduct after assaulting his wife and fracturing his toddler stepson’s skull. Yet, he was able to buy a gun.
Studies from various sources indicate the U.S. mass shootings rate has tripled since 2011. That apparently means nothing to Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton, who authored Mississippi House Bill 1083.
Pushing gun rights legislation is Gibson’s thing. It’s now permissible in Mississippi for open carry in public, concealed carry without a permit and for those with an enhanced carry permit carry in areas otherwise prohibited such as on university campuses and in courthouses.
Mississippi is the only state in the nation where almost everyone in a track stadium draws a weapon when the starter’s pistol is fired.
It’s absurd to believe anyone with an ounce of common…