Johnny Cash sang of a young cowboy named Billy Joe whose mother warned him not to take his guns to town. He went to town and got drunk at the bar when another patron started talking trash. Enraged and, perhaps, emboldened by booze and his firearms, Billy Joe drew on the trash talking cowpoke. But the other guy was faster and shot Billy Joe first. Had he followed his mother’s advice, he might well have walked away and lived.
Ignoring the wisdom of Johnny Cash at their peril (as do we all), the Indiana General Assembly has moved legislation forward that would facilitate the presence of guns at or near schools. SB 229, as recently amended, removes schools from the places exempt from the 2009 “Bring Your Gun to Work” legislation.
Generally speaking, the legislation would allow possession of a firearm in school parking lots if the firearm is in the locked trunk or glove compartment of a vehicle, and it would prevent property owners from adopting or enforcing rules to the contrary.