Fernandez, Manny, and Dave Montgomery. “Texas Lawmakers Pass a Bill Allowing Guns at Colleges.” The New York Times. The New York Times, 02 June 2015. Web. 14 Nov. 2016. <http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/03/us/texas-lawmakers-approve-bill-allowing-guns-on-campus.html?_r=1>.
After reading this article, I was completely speechless. I have no idea how this type of logic could even come to mind of someone. In Texas law makers, have passed a law allowing gun permit holders to bring concealed weapons onto campus. When asked, supporters said that “it will make college campuses safer by not preventing licensed gun owners from defending themselves and possibly saving lives should a mass shooting occur, such as the one that unfolded at Virginia Tech University in 2007” (NY Times). I personally just don’t understand the logic, when most school shooters have gotten their access to the guns they used from a person they knew. Whether that is a family member or a close friend, either way they could get access to them. And with everything that has been happening in schools, bringing firearms to the school doesn’t ensure someone’s safety. Especially when they are considering allowing non-concealed firearms as well.
When one state starts to allow something like concealed guns on campus, the idea that this could be the best plan for the safety of other students can spread with it. Where this connects back to what I am researching is that, if the statistics about guns got out and into the public, more people would feel strongly about repealing this certain law. Now with the new laws that can potentially come up soon, we as citizens must know all the facts there is about guns. We should realize that they have become a very prominent part of our life, whether that is in movies or in life it is something that be handled. With the number of terrible events have been happening, when is the life of others going to overcome our right to bear arms?
A few follow up question this leaves me thinking is, what do the youth think about this? They are the ones that are generally being targeted and I think they deserve more of a say than what they are getting.