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In one of the weirder moments of the last legislative session -- and that's saying a lot -- Rep. Stacey Campfield tried to push a bill allowing guns on college campuses. This was too much even for a body engrossed in a game of gun one-upsmanship. Because while most of the legislature really, really likes guns, they favor having them around other people, not themselves.
The legislature refused to allow guns on Capitol Hill. And after it legalized them in bars, the Tennessee Hospitality Association reported that 80 percent of its members would ban them. So much for a groundswell of support. As the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, even the craziest of gun advocates don't want them around their children.
As the Journal notes, the defeat of Campfield's measure was among 34 straight defeats of guns-on-campus bills in various states
. Even rabidly pro-arms states like Louisiana, Alabama, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Mississippi and Kentucky have knocked back such measures.
Which is good news for Tennessee. Our legislators may not have our best interests at heart, but their own self-interests are never far from mind. And when it comes to having guns around their own sons and daughters, their fealty to the NRA begins to wane.