Texas Bill Allows College Kids to Pack Heat in Dorms, Classrooms
February 21, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—Would you feel comfortable sending your college bound child to Texas, knowing that students and teachers could legally carry concealed weapons in classrooms and dormitories? That question and others will be at the forefront of the latest gun rights debate in Texas, as a bill allowing guns on college campuses makes its way through the legislature. Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he will sign the bill into law. Texas colleges are vehemently opposed to the measure, arguing that campuses filled with students packing heat will not make them safer. The proponents of the bill say a “campus carry” law would provide vulnerable students the weapons they need to defend themselves from a deranged gunman, such as the Virginia Tech shooter. But really, this bill is just another step towards an armed nation that fetishsizes guns and the right-wing gun culture.
A 2009 campus carry bill stalled in Texas, but now it has reappeared with a new legislature dominated by Republicans emboldened by the November elections, anxious to enact their right-wing agenda, including Second Amendment identity politics.
If the bill passes, Texas would join Utah, as the only state that allows concealed weapons on college campuses.
Imagine, inebriated college kids who decide to settle their differences with a handgun. Imagine college professors, terrified that one of their armed students, angry over a bad grade, may come into class one day with their automatic Glock pistol and take aim at their teacher. This is the type of learning environment Texas lawmakers and Gov. Perry want for their state colleges and universities. It’s madness.
The gun rights lobby, including the group Students for Concealed Carry on Campus imagine a different scenario, wherein armed and highly trained students would be able to fend off a mad gunman.
Supposedly, maniacal and deranged gunmen would be deterred from shooting up college campuses in Texas, knowing that students and teachers could be armed. Of course, suicidal and unhinged killers with a score to settle, aren’t about to abort their killing spree based on rational thought.
“It’s strictly a matter of self-defense,” state Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) told the AP. “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.”
Welcome to the state of Texas, where guns, bullets, violent rhetoric and radical right-wing extremism are more important than education.