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Texas is going to allow college students to carry handguns.....

Posted by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is preparing to givecollege students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms.

More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he's in favor of the idea.

Texas has become a prime battleground for the issue because of its gun culture and its size, with 38 public universities and more than 500,000 students. It would become the second state, following Utah, to pass such a broad-based law. Colorado gives colleges the option and several have allowed handguns.

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.

University of Texas President William Powers has opposed concealed handguns on campus, saying the mix of students, guns and campus parties is too volatile.


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by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:14 PM
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Dzyre1115
by Desiree` on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:15 PM

 ~Other~ Most people who and get carry permits know what they are doing, so I don't think it would be any more dangerous, but I don't know if it is necessary.

lanceandhailey
by Platinum Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:18 PM

create a more dangerous environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors

This is what I think, although I see where they are coming from.

SusanD
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:22 PM

Well considering that carrying anywhere in TX involves having a concealed carry permit, which is pretty difficult to acquire and involves passing both a written exam, an accuracy shooting test, and an FBI background check....I have absolutely no problem with it. Had concealed carry permit holders with the same qualifications been allowed to carry at other colleges that have had shootings and been present...the aftermath probably wouldn't have been nearly as bad.

PNutsMomma
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:23 PM

In TX, it is a big thing you have to go thru to get your conceled license.  You have to pass an extensive background check (VERY extensive from what I've heard and read) and you have to take either an 8 or 16 hour course (I don't remember exactly)  before they will give it to you.

roxy85
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:25 PM
Guns don't kill people, stupid people do. If you have trained people with a weapon and an idiot comes in the room they're able to stop the situation before it gets started.
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nena_a
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:27 PM

might seem archaic but if I was in columbine when that fucktard started his killing spree I would sure have loved to have a handgun on me.

ShadowLark
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Good idea.  Give these folks a chance to fight back against the monsters.

SusanD
by Gold Member on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:33 PM

Also, I wanted to add that if someone is wanting to commit a crime with their firearm on a campus...then the state saying that you can't carry on campus isn't going to change that. They are going onto the campus with a gun with then intent of committing a crime. The fact that carrying on campus is prohibited isn't going to deter from that in the least. However, allowing students and staff members to do so allows them to be able to protect themselves.

Currently students are taught some pretty absurd methods of defense against a shooter. In fact, a pretty popular safety video that is shown is "Shots Fired" which instructs students to cower in a dark room, then when the shooter enters the room to throw textbooks, notebooks, and personal items at them.

sweetheart5703
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 3:40 PM

bump

PNutsMomma
by on Feb. 20, 2011 at 4:56 PM

BTW, I'm all for this.  

 

And I am currently looking into getting my license to carry concealed.

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