A shooting on the campus of Texas Tech on Monday understandably had everyone on high alert. Especially with the one killed being a campus police officer.
A Texas Tech University police officer was shot dead Monday after bringing a suspect into custody at the campus police headquarters, authorities said.
A call for a student “welfare check” led campus officers to a room where they found drugs and drug paraphernalia, prompting the officers to take the student to the station, a spokesman for the school said in a statement
University Police Chief Kyle Bonath said late Monday that the suspect, identified by authorities as Hollis A. Daniels, was being processed for jail on the drug evidence at the TTU police station.
“During this time, the suspect pulled a gun and mortally shot an officer,” Bonath said. “The suspect fled on foot and later apprehended by TTPD near the Lubbock Municipal Coliseum.”
Daniels allegedly ripped off the officer’s body camera after the shooting, but the camera was later recovered by police, NBC affiliate KCBD reported.
Democrats in the Lone Star State wasted little time in blaming the state’s campus carry law for the crime.
Allowing concealed guns on college campuses was a dumb and dangerous idea. Stay safe, Raiders. https://t.co/rppPSxqW8u
— Texas Democrats (@texasdemocrats) October 10, 2017
There’s just one really big problem with that. Hollis A. Daniels, the killer in this incident? He wasn’t allowed to have a firearm on campus.
You see, in order for campus carry to apply, students are required to have a valid Texas carry permit. Daniels is only 19-years-old, too young for a permit under Texas law. In other words, it was illegal for him to possess a gun at all, much less have it on campus.
However, Daniels did have a gun, apparently. He had a gun and used it on a police officer, both of which are illegal. Just like him having it on campus.
While Texas Democrats may want to use this to “prove” campus carry is a bad idea, what it actually does is illustrate just how idiotic laws disarming law-abiding people actually are. Daniels was a criminal, and as such he didn’t care about whether he was legally allowed to carry a firearm on campus or not. He just did it anyway.
That’s the thing about gun laws. Over and over again, we see criminals breaking them because it’s what criminals do. By definition, they break laws. If they’re going to deal in drugs or break into someone’s home or commit rape, do you really think they’re going to consider their crime and say, “I would take a gun with me to do all this stuff, but I don’t want to break the law while I’m breaking the law, so…”
Of course they don’t!
Daniels was too young to own a pistol, too young to carry one legally, too young for a carry permit, and was living in the dorms where they’re not permitted. Yet there he was, armed, carrying, and keeping it in the dorms. None of that has anything to do with the campus carry law since he clearly wasn’t following it.
But, like most anti-gunners, the Texas Democrats are more interested in scoring points than being factual. They’re just hoping voters are as gullible as they are.