Guns on Campus?

Soon, Texas college professors and students will be able to carry concealed handguns on campus. Does this make you feel safer?

Here’s the story, as reported by the Associated Press and carried in the San Francisco Chronicle (a city whose Mayor, George Moscone, was killed by another elected official with a registered gun):

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.”

So, question: Is state Sen. Jeff Wentworth right that we’re “sitting ducks” when we all are not armed—or are we sitting ducks when everyone is armed?

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kusokurae
kusokurae
9 years ago

 Wrong. You have to be 21 to legally purchase a handgun.

Loki
Loki
10 years ago

If you have a right to life it includes the right to defend your life. No-gun zones are a violation of your right to life.

Bronx
Bronx
10 years ago

A Rabbi’s letter to M. Bloomberg:

http://jpfo.org/rabbi/rabbi-bloomberg-letter.htm

Fuzzbotster
Fuzzbotster
10 years ago

To those of you who trust the state to provide protection – not only logistically impossible but not legally mandated, read the related SCOTUS case law some time – do you actually believe that disarming law abiding citizens will remove the ability of criminals top commit violence? No guns were used in the Rwandan genocide. The “state” WILL NOT and CANNOT protect you. You can elect to become a statistic and be canonized as a victim but please don’t mandate this on your neighbors based on your own weakness.

Gff
Gff
10 years ago

I wish a student or teacher would have hand a gun at VA Tech. Could have avoided a lot of deaths.

Russ Baker
Russ Baker
10 years ago

Colorado Boy, 12, Held in Killing of Parents:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/04/us/04killings.html?_r=1&scp=5&sq=Dan%20Frosch&st=cse

“Guns protect us” advocates, please provide your suggested solution. Had the parents been armed, could they have perhaps outgunned their son?

Bronx
Bronx
10 years ago
Reply to  Russ Baker

This is beneath you. Is your reaction to this to actually take guns away from people? Should I link you to the article of one of my students being stabbed and killed last year? I teach HS English in the really bad neighborhood – are you going to come into the ‘hood and advocate for taking away knives? Was this a serious retort on your part, or are you just stirring the pot? An aberrant example – indicative of not a single national or historical trend, in a paper that you flog relentlessly for its bought and paid for big corporate day old print news.

Utopia is impossible Mr. Baker – taking away guns from regular folk won’t bring about Utopia, nor will flooding the world with them. As a world traveler and an experienced journalist, you of all people should know this.

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