It wasn’t all that long ago when Texas decided to allow people with concealed carry permits to carry firearms on college campuses. Remember that?
Oh, it was hysterical. All the usual suspects went out and talked all about how there would be all kinds of incidents of violence on campuses around the state, one professor wore body armor to class in protest and lots of hysteria…until it died down and then you know what happened?
Nothing at all happened, as per usual. It seems concealed carry permit holders actually aren’t vicious criminals or emotionally-driven nutjobs who will bust a cap in their professor’s ass just because they got a bad grade. Who knew?
Of course, there are plenty of people still freaked out about the idea, but for one lawmaker there, it’s time to move beyond college campuses.
Six years after Texas passed a controversial measure allowing licensed gun owners to carry concealed handguns on college campuses, one Republican state lawmaker is pushing to expand the law by allowing licensed adults to carry weapons in public and charter schools.
The bill’s staunchly pro-gun author, state Sen. Bob Hall, sees the move as a logical extension of Texas’ campus carry law, which passed in 2015 over the passionate pleas of Democrats, gun control advocates and some university officials who feared increased violence.
Hall’s bill is one of several addressing school safety this session, with other lawmakers seeking to expand the state’s school marshal program, which lets trained school teachers and support staff carry guns on campuses. Gov. Greg Abbott has endorsed that program, and the Legislature has expanded it in previous years.
Texas lawmakers spent the 2019 legislative session debating how best to prevent another school shooting like the one at Santa Fe High in 2018, when a gunman killed 10 people and wounded 13 others. They ultimately passed a series of bills that, among other things, strengthened mental health initiatives for children and abolished the cap on how many school marshals can carry guns on public school campuses.
And allowing law-abiding citizens with concealed carry permits to carry their firearms is just another step forward. Armed citizens in more places makes everyone more secure. I know the anti-gunners don’t like it, but it’s the absolute truth.
Of course, they’re going to spin all kinds of horror stories about how this will lead to so many deaths and the media will run them as if they’re the gospel truth, but they’re not. The only thing that has a lower rate of being accurate than gun grabbers’ doom-and-gloom predictions are the predictions about the end of the world.
Seriously, if I survive one more apocalypse, I get my next one for free.
So, basically, they’ll say a lot of bad stuff will happen and nothing will come of it. Anti-gunners think church carry is awful and look how things panned out in White Settlement, TX? At this point, we should be able to acknowledge that anytime they say things will turn out bad, the opposite is more likely to happen.
I sincerely hope Texas passes this measure.