Gun Toting on Texas College Campus
Over 50% of the members in the Texas House have co-authored a proposal to advise universities to permit concealed guns on campus. The Senate had passed a similar bill in 2009. Republican Governor Rick Perry is all for it as he, sometimes, carries one when he is out jogging.
College students and the teaching faculty may soon be carrying concealed guns on campus if the Texas Senate passes the bill, giving fillip to the national campaign that is seeking the right to carry guns on campus by this section of society.
Those who support the legislation argue that it is a matter of self-defense and that the best defense against a deranged gunman is one who can shoot back. Says Jeff Wentworth, the Republican Senator from 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.”
However, University of Texas President William Powers is not at all in favor of concealed handguns on campus, as according to him, students, guns and campus parties make a very volatile mix.
One of the worst college shooting incidents in US history happened in the University of Texas when Charles Whitman shot and killed 16 people and wounded many in 1966.
Texas would become the second state, after Utah, to pass such a law. Though Colorado has not given a carte blanche to carry guns on campus, it gives colleges the option to do so.
Over a dozen other states have proposed similar measures but they have all been very stiffly opposed, chiefly by the college leaders. In Oklahoma, all public college and university presidents have asserted their strong disapproval to carrying concealed guns.