The Texas state Senate approved a bill to allow concealed carry license holders to carry firearms on public college campus classrooms and dorms.
Opponents to this bill say that violence will increase over otherwise petty issues, such as disputes over grades, love affairs, and other rivalries. They also say that it will lead to a greater incidence of suicide. They also said that the passage of Texas’ concealed carry law back in the mid-1990’s would turn the state into the wild west. It’s been over a decade since the passage of the concealed carry law, and the predicted bloodshed still has not occurred.
The bill was introduced to reinforce the second amendment right to keep and bear arms.
It also will allow college students and faculty members to defend themselves in the event of an event such as the mass murders at Virginia Tech in 2007, where 32 people were shot before the gunman decided to end his own life.
There have been other campus shootings like the one at Northern Illinois last year. As I mentioned in an earlier post, shootings like this don’t end by unarmed victims politely asking the shooter to stop, but rather by the shooter’s own accord when they meet resistance. Most often it is when they kill themselves.
The steps the Texas legislature is taking is a positive step towards making sure the state’s public campuses remain free of violence. Regardless of what the bill’s opponent’s say, if this bill becomes law, students of Texas colleges will be much more safe because of it. This bill isn’t designed to deputize the student body, but rather it is designed to enable them to protect themselves against violence. The same way that concealed carry laws protect the general public from violent attacks off campus, and the second amendment protects Americans against the government.