Probably the best written and most balanced response I’ve read so far.
This is what it boils down to for me:
A group called Students for Concealed Carry on Campus reports that over 70 American campuses currently allow licensed guns and there hasn’t been a single reported instance of shoot-outs, accidents or heated confrontations with a gun involved at any of them. In fact, statistics show the crime rate at Colorado State University has gone steadily down since concealed carry was enacted.
So, here’s my friend Diane’s article. What do you think?
In the aftermath of several campus shootings in recent years and the gun fueled violence in Arizona that killed 6, wounded 13 and incapacitated Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, there is a movement to give older college students and their professors the right to carry weapons onto campus.
It is already the law in Utah where students at all public colleges are allowed to carry a concealed gun if they have the proper permit. And, in Colorado several colleges have taken advantage of a state law giving them the option of allowing licensed handguns in class, several other institutions of higher learning there are also considering it. Similar measures have been proposed in about a dozen other states.
The lawmaker who proposed the pending bill in Texas is state Senator Jeff Wentworth. He recently told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that he was wrong in his assumptions about the bill.
“It’s not college kids carrying concealed weapons on campus. In Texas, the law requires you to be at least 21 years of age to get a license,” Wentworth said. The concealed weapons law will be, “mainly for members of the facility, staff, graduate students and a few seniors” to protect the rest of the “unarmed, defenseless and vulnerable” students should someone come on campus and start shooting.
Wentworth was questioned repeatedly about mixing guns with students using alcohol. What about an armed student carrying a gun into a campus bar? Impossible, he said, “We don’t have bars on (public university) campuses. That’s the law in Texas.”