Monday, August 1, 2016

Texas allows guns in college classrooms

BloombergThe so-called state "campus carry" law allows people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license to carry pistols in classrooms and buildings throughout public colleges, including the University of Texas system, one of the nation's largest with an enrollment of more than 214,000 students.

The law took effect on the 50th anniversary of one of the deadliest U.S. gun incidents on a college campus, when a student named Charles Whitman killed 16 people by firing from a perch atop the clock tower at the University of Texas at Austin, the state's flagship public university.

At the University of Texas Austin campus, third-year student Courtney Dang said the idea of campus carry was scary.

"There are so many students battling the stress of campus. Some are unstable and we don't know who has a gun," said Dang.

13 comments:

Evi L. Bloggerlady said...

University of Texas students fought back with their rifles, saving lives during that shooting.

edutcher said...

Safer than just one guy carrying.

Gun free zones get you killed.

Sixty Grit said...

Courtney, Dang! Read your little red book.

Methadras said...

I will take my chances. At the very least, I will see the bastard with an open carry and know who has what.

Christy said...

Anyone else remember when teenagers all over the country would take rifles to high school during deer season so they could hit the woods as soon as class was over?

Julie Pascal said...

"There are so many students battling the stress of campus. Some are unstable and we don't know who has a gun," said Dang

In other words, absolutely nothing has changed.

There was never anything to stop any unstable and stressed student from bringing a gun to campus. The cute illusion that a rule stopped this happening did nothing to increase the safety of students.

Christy: I'm not quite that old, but the guys in shop class made shotgun stocks and buck knives, and when I was in college in 1985 we had a gun range on campus.

Julie Pascal said...

Or I should say... if they brought them, they left them in their cars or trucks. When my dad went to school they walked (uphill both ways in the snow) and stacked their guns in the back of the school house so they could shoot gophers on the way home.

Leland said...

Teasips are special people needing extra help when employed. My suggestion; hire from A&M.

bagoh20 said...

It's only a matter of time before one of the students carrying saves someone's life. If more systems allowed it, that would happen even sooner, but hey, what's the hurry?

rcocean said...

Well, that's for Dang sure.

Rhythm and Balls said...

That's nothing! Texas won't TRULY be a free state until it allows target practice at the teacher during class. In a humane way, of course - only shots at the fingers or toes will be allowed. And then only when the teacher gets on your nerves. Same rules apply to other classmates. A place without guns is a place for tyranny. I want people swimming with them in public pools! I want them ON airplanes! And inside state legislatures and Congress! And in every felon's prison cell! All over everywhere at all times. They should be brought into bars to make beer brawls more effective. We're just not pushing this brilliant idea as far as it can go. We should keep them right on the outskirts of the premises owned by citizens who have taken out restraining orders, just to give their stalkers fair access. You gotta understand, a paranoid gun-obsessed society is the best way to be. Nonviolence is for tyrants.

Adamsunderground said...

If a student declines to fall victim in an empty parking lot at midnight, does the campus paper hear it?

What is the sound of one student body's schincter clapping?

Synova said...

Courtney apparently has company among those who thought that a no-gun rule on campus kept the crazies from bringing a gun on campus.