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Texas Ready To Allow College Students To Carry Guns

Texas Ready To Allow College Students To Carry Guns

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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1:41AM PST on Dec 28, 2012

You all act like any student can just go out and buy a handgun and walk around campus openly carrying the firearm. There are already a lot of restrictions. You need to have a concealed handgun license (CHL) to carry in public. You have to be at least 21 to get a CHL. You can't be drinking while carrying a firearm either. You won't be seeing any underclassmen carrying. There are rules in place for this sort of thing and frankly I find it comforting that RESPONSIBLE people in TEXAS carry firearms.

2:59PM PST on Mar 2, 2012

Crazy!

6:32PM PDT on Sep 26, 2011

Are they going to College or to the Wild West? "Only law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry guns" they are train to use them.

10:39AM PDT on May 23, 2011

back to the old west.

12:08AM PDT on May 10, 2011

Jesus wept. Not a religious statement, simply one of disbelief and sadness at what is allowed to go on in the world.

10:04PM PDT on Apr 8, 2011

What a great idea--letting students carry guns. Because as we all know, college students are SO responsible--especially in my neighborhood. Thank you, National Rifle Association!

I'm not saying we should banish all guns, but for the love of God, why can't we have saner laws? Is that the reason for the latest push against Planned Parenthood--more live targets?

One poster has suggested that "[if] Only law enforcement officers should be allowed to carry guns it would create a thriving, new, illegal market!" Well, I don't know how to tell you this, dude, but it's already happened.

4:26AM PDT on Mar 23, 2011

Oh please....only in Texas!

10:47AM PDT on Mar 19, 2011

You have to be 21 or older to get the permit, to legally carry on-campus- it's as simple as that. I can't believe people are still posting this crap about kids, frat parties, etc, & guns.

You have to be 21 to get the permit! How many do you honestly think will rush right out & get that permit just to carry on-campus?

I'm thinking from the professor's point of view too, & most of them are over 25. Most kids at 21 are much more concerned w/other things than getting a permit to carry a gun. You have to be 21 to get the permit, to legally carry, on-campus.

6:02PM PDT on Mar 17, 2011

the reason young males, aged 18-25, pay the most for car insurance is because they get in the highest number of accidents, statistically. Biologically speaking, this is because the judgement centers of the brain develop fully much later than the other areas of the brain. So, combine this propensity for bad judgement with hormones in overdrive and add: guns in college? Who thought of this one??

9:17PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

I'm a very liberal city dwelling Democrat who's never shot a gun, but I strongly believe that as long as there are strong background checks in place, concealed weapons permits should not be as hard to obtain as they are in places like New York. The wrong people will have guns no matter what we do, and as long as there are strong background checks in place (including mental health background), and strong requirements for keeping guns out of the hands of children or other non-owners, I'm in favor of the "good" people having guns with them, no matter where they are.

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