Thursday, December 4, 2008

Texas Legislator Proposes Concealed Carry on College Campuses

It looks like at least a few politicians are standing up for REAL “common sense” gun laws. Texas State Senator Jeff Wentworth plans to introduce legislation that would allow individuals with a valid concealed carry permit to carry while on campus. In light of the senseless tragedy at Virginia Tech, this is a good idea. One individual with a concealed carry permit could have ended that tragedy before it reached such epic proportions.

Predictably, those opposed to concealed carry and firearms in general are trying to play the fear card, with the party line being parroted by Texas A&M senior Darrin Barton:

"I don't believe that we should be putting firearms in the midst of students who are going through trauma and stress and situations that can push students to the limits."

Matthew Rogers of Texas A&M’s chapter of Students for Concealed Carry on Campus seems to present a more rational view:

"All we're asking is that you allow us to make that choice. If I can legally carry somewhere else, allow me to make the decision whether or not I want to carry here on campus... "

Even in Texas I expect the debate on this issue will be spirited. I sincerely hope that this legislation passes and becomes a model for other states.

Until next time!

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