According to Yahoo News, the Texas state legislature is poised to pass a bill allowing handguns on college campuses (this is already permitted in Utah and Colorado).
More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he’s in favor of the idea.
Currently parts of campuses, including dorms and classrooms, are gun-free zones. Now why is the Texas legislature (and the governor) so eager to pass this legislation? So that students can defend themselves against armed marauders:
“It’s strictly a matter of self-defense,” said state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-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.”
Yeah, I’d really like to teach in front of a classroom full of students packing heat. What would happen if one of them failed an exam? So I weep for my fellow professors in Texas. And, of course, there are the students. How much mayhem, how many homicides and suicides will occur when a campus full of stressed-out and emotionally volatile students can simply reach into their handbags or backpacks for a revolver?
This is mostly the doing of Republicans, of course, and of Republican governor Rick Perry, who will eagerly sign the bill. And it’s not only dangerous, but an embarrassment to Texas—and America. Imagine what people in France, England, or Germany would think of this insanity! Even conservative students have misgivings:
Frankie Shulkin, a first-year law student at the University of Texas, said he doesn’t think he’d feel safer if other students in his classes had guns.
“If I was taking an exam and knew the person next to me had one, I don’t know how comfortable I would feel,” Shulkin said. “I am in favor of guns rights and your typical conservative guy, but the classroom thing bugs me.”
Exactly. And that goes for dorm rooms too.