A Whole Lot of Gun-Toting Going On in Texas
May 10, 2011
(ChattahBox US News)—Apparently, the most pressing issue in Texas these days is the tyrannical assault on Second Amendment freedoms. Secessionist Gov. Rick Perry (R) and his crew of right-wing Republicans controlling the state legislature, won’t be happy until kindergartners have the right to pack heat. To that end, on Monday, the Texas Senate passed a measure allowing college students and teachers to carry concealed weapons inside college classrooms and dormitories. Get ready for some wild shoot ‘em up frat parties. There’s more. Another bill would permit lawmakers and other officials to tote concealed handguns in places that currently prohibit guns, such as churches and hospitals. It’s all guns, all the time in Texas.
The campus gun bill is opposed by Texas universities, but Gov. Perry is likely to sign it. The bill’s sponsor, Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R), has been pushing his guns on campus measure as a standalone bill since February, without success, but on Monday, he finally was able to tack it on as an amendment to a higher education funding bill.
The Houston Chronicle reports on the fun “gun day” in the state senate:
“A bill that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry their weapons onto university campuses passed the Texas Senate on Tuesday after its author, Sen. Jeff Wentworth, attached it as an amendment to legislation related to a measure dealing with higher education funding. The vote was 19-12.”
“Monday, in fact, turned out to be gun day in the Senate, or in the words of state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, as he watched Wentworth try and try again, “Groundhog (With a Gun) Day.” Earlier in the day, Patrick won approval for his own gun bill, one that would allow lawmakers to carry concealed handguns almost anywhere, even in places where most concealed handgun carriers cannot.”
After his guns on campus measure passed, Wentworth told reporters that now college students can engage in shoot-outs to defend themselves against a crazed gunman.
“My goal this whole time is to put doubt in the mind of the shooter that, ‘Well, maybe I shouldn’t go on that campus and try to take a bunch of kids out,’” Wentworth said.
Remember, allowing concealed weapons on college campuses was even too extreme for wingnut Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer. But in Texas, anything goes.