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February 22nd, 2011
08:18 AM ET

New bill in Texas House seeks to allow guns on campus

Members of the Texas State House are hoping to pass a new law that would require colleges and universities to allow students over the age of 21 to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Proponents of the bill including Jeff Wentworth (R) argue concealed weapons are the best way to combat a Virgina Tech copy-cat shooting in Texas. Meanwhile, opponents like Eddie Rodriguez (D) say colleges and universities should be able to choose on an individual basis whether or not to embrace such a policy. Reps. Wentworth and Rodriguez talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry.

Filed under: Education • Politics • Security • U.S.
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Sweets

    Well...I think it's a GREAT idea-I want to be able to protect myself if some mentally disturbed student comes in...shooting people! Of course have a concealed handgun license, etc.
    I'm a college student, proud gun owner and recently moved to Texas due to military orders. OH that reminds me...I'm at Fort Hood–I know everyone has heard of the soldier that went in one of the hospitals killing people.Why was he the only one with a gun? Theres so many people here that isn't allowed to have guns...who are felons, etc., but have them. No class...they can buy them off the street with cash. Now thats just ridiculous! I say..Let's tighten the gun laws, not punish the citizens by telling them, "they can't carry a gun to protect their self."

    February 24, 2011 at 11:26 pm |
  2. Moe

    Guns on campus is dumb and dumber. The NRA wants you to beleive that you are gonna protect yourself from the boogie man. If someone puts a gun in or face or starts shooting there are 2 things you are going to do. You're gonna start crying and crapping in your pants. The NRA is a ship of fools and a terrorist organization. I am sure members are proud to know they have killed more Americans than Al-Quida and have subverted our Constitution.

    February 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  3. Albert Navarra

    The 10th Amendment reserves to states the power promote the health, safety, and welfare of their residents. States typically choose to promote these interests by passing gun control laws. In this case, Texas seeks to promote these interests in a different way, by promoting concealed weapons in colleges and universities. This story is a good example of how the 10th Amendment allows states to take different approaches to solving problems.

    February 22, 2011 at 4:13 pm |