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On Tuesday, a dispute between two people at Lone Star College in Houston ended in a gun fight. Three people were wounded (including suspects in the shooting) and a fourth person was reportedly hospitalized with an unspecified "medical emergency" --->

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Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:25 am
(Map: Mother Jones)

On Tuesday, a dispute between two people at Lone Star College in Houston ended in a gun fight. Three people were wounded (including suspects in the shooting) and a fourth person was reportedly hospitalized with an unspecified "medical emergency" in connection with the incident. It was the sixth shooting on or near a US college campus this month.

Texas generally has lax gun laws, but prohibits carrying a concealed weapon on a college campus. The GOP-controlled Texas legislature may soon change that, however. Last week, state Sen. Brian Birdwell, a Republican, introduced new "campus carry" legislation that would allow firearms to be carried at public colleges with a valid permit. Texas would join six states that, to varying degrees, now allow weapons to be carried on campuses. And lawmakers in at least seven other states are aiming to follow suit.

Does your state allow guns on college campuses? Hover over an individual state for further details. (Also see lists below the map.) ** Map at VISIT SITE**

States with laws allowing guns on college campuses: California, Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, Wisconsin.

States in which lawmakers have recently introduced legislation to allow guns on campuses: Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Wyoming.

For more, check out MoJo's year-long investigation into gun laws and mass shootings in the United States.

Sources: Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence; National Conference of State Legislatures.

Investigation and Map:

By: óBy Gavin Aronsen, Jaeah Lee, and Andy Kroll | Mother Jones |

Jae A (316)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:38 am
Nothing like giving students the right to carry guns on campus..where petty jealousies and drinking both run high , as well as disgruntled students with their professors is a constant thing....where disapointments and a lot of presure lead easily to depression and thougths of suicide often occur, .. . Yep, great idea folks...send that young mind off to school with a firearm along with their hopes and dreams of a future...that can not end all too quickly, more often than ever, due to firearms being at their finger tips. Oh well that's what the NRA is all about.....Amercans dying for the profits of a few, just as with corporate/religious wars.....

Jae A (316)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:54 am
It's all out of control with the , what now seems to be a political party thing...the rightwing extremisting pushing for no gun controls and a return to the 1800 and early 1900 when it comes to carrying a firearm on ones person most of the time. Seems to me like they want to kill off as many of our youth as possible, almost as much as they do seniors. Isn't bad enough that they want to pull the plug on grandmaw..along with sending youth off to fight and die in corporate/religious backed wars for profits..but now....send our young people off to the University to die in a campus shoot out.
Lawdy, that Teabagger Klan Kool-Aid really is dangerous/destrcutive stuff isn't it ........

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 10:22 am

Many do think that during the years of the "Wild West" all Americans walked about armed. That is not factual but is an image created mostly by Hollywood. Yes, during the short (approximately 10 years) period when Cowboys were herding cattle to market they did carry guns. That was on the open range where the more dangerous forms of (non-human) predators might endanger life, Most towns and cities did require that guns be left with the Sheriff or left with personal possessions in a hotel room.

Let's not pretend that Americans during any era in our past strolled down the street, or on a school campus toting a gun. Most police will never have an need to use a gun, though it is their singular duty to protect the public welfare. More guns will equal more deaths.

Yvonne W (229)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:12 pm
Kit, I know from Southern Illinois History class that there was always at least one a$$hole who flaunted Open Carry laws (and those jerks were usually connected with the "law" or aligned against it). In Illinois "Bloody Williamson" county was as much "fun" as Chicago in the roaring 20's.. plus some gangs, like the Shelton brothers actually waged mini-war against rivals (using a hot-air balloon they dropped moltov cocktails & sticks of dynamite on other's speakeasies!:)
But seriously, as recently as the 1990's students here could bring their hunting guns to campus (locked on gun racks in their trucks) and nobody thought anything of it... things change though, especially when College students are stupider than High School kids!

Kit B (276)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:40 pm

Wrong minded people have and will continue to abuse laws, but those who are mentally ill or have chosen a life of crime, getting a gun should be very difficult.

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 1:45 pm
Jae- you mentioned drinking. Excellent point. We have enough troubles on campus with date rape and other kinds of assault because of drinking. Now this.

Lynn S (235)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:37 pm
How about mandatory courses on conflict resolution for high school students and college kids before they are allowed to purchase or carry weapon. A course on common sense would be good too but I am not sure that it can be taught.

College students are often experiencing their first flirtation with freedom from parental controls. That freedom which often swings too far to the left, coupled with alcohol consumption, legal or otherwise, partying, testosterone fuelled emotions of male bravado in the case of young men --- this is a prescription for trouble at the best of times. Add ready availability of guns and that prescription has just been filled.

Personally, I am against guns. Period. However, the US is not my country so I modified my stance, settling for reasonable gun control measures which include registration of all guns, mandatory training, written and practical tests, licensing, health requirements, liability insurance, background checks, and periodic license renewal.

And to those that say keep your Canadian nose out of our gun rights, did you know that approximately 90% of the guns used in violent crime in Canada come from the US illegally. Canada has gun control and I am glad of that, but there still is too much gun violence. US gun availability and gun control (or lack there of) IS my business when it crosses the border.

Jim P (3257)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:39 pm
"On Tuesday, a dispute between two people at Lone Star College in Houston ended in a gun fight. Three people were wounded (including suspects in the shooting), and a fourth person was reportedly hospitalized with an unspecified "medical emergency" in connection with the incident. It was the sixth shooting on or near a US college campus this month."

All the more reasons why carrying guns on campus should be outlawed.

Ty, Kit.

Nancy M (197)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 2:43 pm
Conflict resolutions classes sounds like a start. There are many aspects of this issue that could be changed here in thestates.

Robert H (68)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 7:30 pm
What possible need could anyone have to carry a gun on campus except either expect or cause trouble. NO NEED, don't allow it.

Kathy C (354)
Wednesday January 23, 2013, 9:14 pm
It is NOT allowed at Purdue university. They do not need to. We have Purdue cops along with West Lafayette cops with Lafayette police right across the river who could be there in minutes. Along with the County police also right across the bridge down on 9th street. And the accident in 2009 is a very good reason. It was off campus and with stupid kids with guns.
Aug. 23, 2009 Cat Andersen/Eyewitness News West Lafayette - A Purdue student faces a reckless homicide charge in the shooting death of another man near campus Saturday night. Police say friends of 21-year-old Landon Siela were trying to scare him, aiming their guns at him as he stepped into the room at an apartment on Wiggins Street

Carlene V (202)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 4:44 am
Not allowed in CA and shouldn't be allowed in any state. Like the idea of conflict resolution classes and that should be taught before they even get to college. Guns don't belong near our schools except those carried by law enforcement.

Terry K (113)
Thursday January 24, 2013, 8:46 pm
I would never take a gun to class.... I do, however, always carry my knives! :O)

Lois J (63)
Friday January 25, 2013, 2:27 pm
Noted. Thanks, Kit. After the massacres at Columbine and VA Tech, I can't believe anyone would even consider the possibility of allowing guns on ANY school campus....recipe for disaster. I shake my head in disbelief that smoking on campus, (and even in bars!), was outlawed....but guns are OK?! Welcome to "Upside-DownLand."

Rose B (141)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:30 pm
Amazing and outrageous
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