Guns in stadiums is not an accident, but a tragedy waiting to happen

We’ve used this space on numerous occasions to call out liberals’ attempts to undermine the Second Amendment.

Instead of “common sense” gun measures you hear about from the left, its agenda is often one of greatly reducing or eliminating private gun ownership altogether.

But, even as ardently as we support the Second Amendment, there are restrictions on gun usage with which most reasonable people — including us — can agree.

Among those is a ban on bringing firearms into stadiums and arenas.

An Arkansas law is set to take effect Sept. 1 that allows the concealed carry of firearms by those with a permit at many once-restricted places, including college campuses.

A committee in that state’s House of Representatives advanced a measure Tuesday that would exempt college sporting events from that law, provided they demonstrate to the state’s satisfaction that proper security measures are in place.

Many schools, including the Southeastern Conference’s University of Arkansas, have football stadiums and other large arenas on campus, which means the law could force the university to allow ticketholders with a permit to bring a concealed weapon into an event.

That’s not a situation from which we envision much good happening.

We think a firearms exemption for stadiums and arenas is not only reasonable, but responsible.

Anyone who has ever attended a large-scale sporting event, especially a major college football game, can tell you that many fans can often carry things too far. We’ve seen and heard these people scream and yell ridiculous things at players, coaches and especially game officials. And while many on-campus facilities do not sell alcohol, many fans spend their pre-game hours tailgating — and often boozing.

Would you really want to be sitting near one of these people knowing they had a pistol on their person? Would anyone want to play, coach or officiate in a full stadium with who-knows-how-many people armed and at varying levels of intoxication?

All it would take is one person with a gun and exceptionally poor judgment in a crowd of tens of thousands to decide to enact vigilante “justice” on that referee for a blown call or on that coach for utilizing poor strategy.

And what happens to supporters of the visiting team? There have been countless instances of harassment and violence directed toward rival teams’ fans at sporting events. It doesn’t take a very big jump to conclude that it would not take very long before someone shot someone else, simply because he or she was wearing the wrong color jersey or T-shirt.

Being a supporter of the Second Amendment doesn’t require being blind to an obviously bad idea when you see one.

And allowing guns into the crucible of large-scale sporting events is not just an accident, but a tragedy waiting to happen.

We hope the Arkansas legislature approves this exemption, thereby demonstrating to the rest of the country how to responsibly defend everyone’s constitutional rights while at the same time using common sense to protect its citizens.