Texas Considering Allowing Students to Carry Firearms on Campus

by: Les Carpenter
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Texas Considering Allowing Firearms on Campus 
AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is preparing to give college 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."
A strong advocate of the right to bear arms, I frankly find myself at odds with the move in Texas, or anywhere that would allow the faculty and students to carry concealed weapons {handguns} on campus. The desire to prevent mass shootings as occurred at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois in 2008 is certainly understandable. However, does this nation really desire a return to the romanticized "wild wild west" in twenty first century America?

It is sensible, at least in this writers opinion to allow campus security{following proper background checks and firearm training}to carry weapons for the purpose of protecting students and campus personnel in the face a deranged killer. It also make sense to allow professors {following proper background checks and firearm training} to carry concealed weapons to insure student safety in the classroom.

However, allowing students to legally "pack a firearm" on campus is, in this independent conservative's judgment not only misguided, it presents potential dangers as well. Universities and colleges are places of higher learning, not the OK Corral. Lets keep them that way. Give the responsibility and authority to insure campus safety to those properly trained, those who posses the necessary  maturity as well as being  in the best position to make instant judgments for insuring the safety of all students and personnel on campus.

The rest of the article here.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. I understand your possible skepticism but...

    "Universities and colleges places of higher learning, not the OK Corral"

    Neither was Luby's

    Further more, the only thing this bill will do is remove a useless restriction on a area where people who have gone though a thorough background investigation and training on both the use of and the legalities of their firearm. Granted, training is minimal but Texas has stronger requirements than many states.

    Church is a place of worship. Here in Texas unless you have the appropriate sign-age posted, it's also an area where you can "legally" carry. I did just this morning and it did not impede my interaction with God or anyone else that came this morning.

    Were I 21 and licensed, what difference does it make if I carry everywhere else but not my college campus? Or I'm a 50 year old female professor teaching a night class. I can't appropriately defend myself due to a rule?

    None of these rules stop the killers by the way. Just those that willingly follow the rule of law. And if you carry legally in Texas, you KNOW what the law is.

    So, I guess I respectfully disagree with your position on this. Glad you shared it though and hope you allow debate on it.

  2. Debate? Absolutely!

    Would you anticipate or expect anything less from an independent conservative>

  3. "the best defense against a gunman is people who can shoot back."
    How else will we defend ourselves from those who do not obey laws? Where guns are outlawed, only the lawless will have them!

  4. Not talking about outlawing guns. Merely using common sense in the determination, and application, as to who ought to be licensed carry in the public domain.

    The greater issue in my mind is 1) the leniency in laws as pertaining to criminal acts, 2) the length of time to go to trail, and 3)the pregnant appeal process.

  5. Les, aren't they currently "outlawed" on college campuses?
    But the nice thing about the United States is that if you don't agree with the laws of a state, you can move to another that agrees more to your way of thinking... Statistics show that cities where guns were outlawed, crime rates increased. When the laws were rescinded, the rates decreased again... Time will tell what statistic will come from this, if it passes.
    Respectfully, I disagree with the characterization of "wild wild west" and "the OK Corral".

  6. I understand that photo, which most of the MSM is running with the story, without caption, was of the governor firing blanks at a NASCAR event.

    Out of context, it makes him look a little wilder and woolier than he really is.


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