The AP reports today that over half the members of the Texas House have signed onto a measure requiring that universities allow students and faculty to carry concealed weapons on campus. What a terrible idea.
Big surprise this is coming from Texas, but still... what the fuck are they thinking? It's already legal to do this in Utah, and colleges in Colorado all have the option of allowing concealed weapon permit holders to flex their Second Amendment rights. What's the reasoning behind this measure in Texas?
"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."
No one wants to see that again. But does that mean the answer is to allow some 21-year-old kid with fucked up hormones pack a concealed pistol in class? No. And who makes the decision which college kid is "stable" enough to carry a weapon in class? For some crazy reason, I just don't equate "stable person capable of responsibly handling a firearm in school" with "zit-faced, hormone imbalanced college kid on his own for the first time, and maybe dealing with a bad break up." And who says they'll even shoot the right person when called upon to defend their fellow classmates?
Very bad things could come of this law — I just hope I'm wrong.
[Redneck shows off his badass sidearm to college students inside a Fuddruckers restaurant, via AP]