Chad’s Morning Brief: Arkansas Lawmakers Pass Religious Liberty Law, Texas House to Take on Campus Carry, and Other Top Issues
Here is your Morning Brief for April 1, 2015.
Arkansas Approves Religious Liberty Law
Indiana may still be having to deal with activists and liberal pundits who have nothing better to do than show fake outrage, but that hasn't stopped Arkansas from passing an bill much like Indiana's. According to the Washington Post, officials in Arkansas also say the law doesn't discriminate.
Amid intense criticism of Indiana’s religious liberties law, which has prompted lawmakers in that state to vow to fix the legislation, another state charged ahead with a similar measure. Arkansas lawmakers on Tuesday passed their own religious freedom bill, putting the state on the verge of formally adopting a law that could lead to another firestorm.
On Tuesday afternoon, after some debate in the state House of Representatives, lawmakers signed off on the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The law now heads to the desk of Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R), who has said he intends to sign it into law.
“This legislation doesn’t allow anybody to discriminate against anybody, not here,” State Rep. Bob Ballinger, a Republican who sponsored the bill, said in a telephone interview Tuesday. “The bill does just the opposite. It focuses on the civil rights of people believing what they want to believe, and not letting the government interfere with that.”
We will again spend some time on this issue today on the show. I think what so many are missing here is that we keep having to look to government to tell us what is allowed and when. Private businesses should be allowed to serve or not serve whoever they want. It is a private business. If you're black and you don't want to serve white people, you shouldn't be forced to. The marketplace will win at the end of the day.
Campus Carry Moves On
A bill that would allow guns on campus is being sent to the Texas House for their consideration according to the Texas Tribune.
The Texas Senate has already passed a bill allowing handguns on college campuses. Now the House is poised to consider its own measure.
The lower chamber's Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee voted 6-3 along party lines on Tuesday to send House Bill 937 by state Rep. Allen Fletcher, R-Cypress, to the full House. The bill allows licensed handgun owners to carry a concealed weapon on college campuses, a controversial proposal that has been criticized by some high-ranking university officials.
In the Tribune's story, they write that for many the bill comes down to whether or not students would be safer with campus carry. First, I'd argue that yes campus carry will protect students, but secondly this isn't only about students.
Campus Carry allows citizens to protect themselves just like they would anywhere else. The hysteria surrounding campus carry is just plain silly and really full of ignorant comments.
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