House editorial: Return bill to sender

Boise State University needs $500,000 to expand and arm its campus police force.

Idaho State University hasn’t calculated the cost of beefed-up security, but the school’s marketing director told the Idaho Statesman the financial hit could be “significant.”

The College of Southern Idaho wants $245,000 to arm its security force, provide training and increase lockdown capabilities for classrooms.

This focus on campus security comes, ironically, as a result of a legislative effort to make our campuses, well, safer.

Idahoans were told allowing guns on campus, against the wishes of every university president and the entire State Board of Education, would give students the opportunity to stop an armed assailant. We were told this wouldn’t cost taxpayers a nickel.

Let’s hope we never find out if that first claim is true.

The second claim, however, was pure hogwash.

What to do?

Hitting Idaho’s cash-strapped universities for something they never wanted seems unfair. So, why not send this bill to those responsible for Idaho’s new reality, the special interest group that made it possible for your young scholar to attend class with someone wearing sandals, a bad goatee and a sidearm?

Why not send the bill to the National Rifle Association, in care of Idaho lobbyist Dakota Moore?

Certainly the NRA has the money. And, if it happens to be a little short at the moment, NRA leadership knows what to do: send an alert to its membership saying President Obama wants their guns and watch the donations roll in.

Corey Taule