It’s the latest idea from Texas.
Lawmakers in the state are poised to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus.
Give Students The Right To Bear Arms
Over half of the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a bill allowing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009, and is likely to do so again. Governor Rick Perry approves of the measure.
So it looks like a done deal.
Utah And Colorado Allow Students To Carry Guns
The state of Utah has already passed such a law, and Colorado gives its colleges the option of allowing handguns; several of them do so.
And now Texas, already known for its gun culture, but scary because it has 38 public universities and more than half a million students.
From Yahoo! News:
Supporters of the legislation argue that gun violence on campuses, such as the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois in 2008, show that the best defense against a gunman is students who can shoot back.
“It’s strictly a matter of self-defense,” said state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio. “I don’t ever want to see repeated on a Texas college campus what happened at Virginia Tech, where some deranged, suicidal madman goes into a building and is able to pick off totally defenseless kids like sitting ducks.”
Until the Virginia Tech incident, the worst college shooting in U.S. history occurred at the University of Texas, when sniper Charles Whitman went to the top of the administration tower in 1966 and killed 16 people and wounded dozens. Last September, a University of Texas student fired several shots from an assault rifle before killing himself.
Similar firearms measures have been proposed in about a dozen other states, but all face strong opposition, especially from college leaders. In Oklahoma, all 25 public college and university presidents declared their opposition to a concealed carry proposal.
“There is no scenario where allowing concealed weapons on college campuses will do anything other than create a more dangerous environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors,” Oklahoma Chancellor of Higher Education Glen Johnson said in January.
Have They Already Forgotten About Tucson?
How can this be happening in Texas so soon after the tragic events in Tucson, Arizona?
Have lawmakers in Texas even considered what happens when college students, alcohol and guns get together?
Let’s Hope No Student Gets Mad About A Bad Grade
And we can only hope that no student gets upset over getting a bad grade. Or perhaps the professors will be too frightened to give out bad grades.
America has the highest rate of gun deaths of any of the higher income countries. The people of other nations manage to go around relatively unarmed, and do just fine. What is it with some Americans and their guns?
First Texas rewrote its history books, then it banned certain science studies, and now the state wants to arm the students.
Where will it all lead?
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