It is one of those situations where you are glad to hear the news. You know that it is a good thing. It is a move in the right direction for the state of Texas and the country. Yet, at the same time, you have that nagging question. Why were they denied this right in the first place?
But we should celebrate the return of Civil Rights as much as the keeping of them. On this count, I am happy for Texas.
Concealed handgun license holders in Texas can carry their weapons into public university buildings, classrooms and dorms starting Monday, a day that also marks 50 years after the mass shooting at the University of Texas’ landmark clock tower.
Texas has allowed concealed handguns in public for 20 years. Gun rights advocates consider it an important protection, given the constitutional right to bear arms, as well as a key self-defense measure in cases of campus violence, such as the 1966 UT shootings and the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech.
Of course, there are those who are against Texans or any Americans having rights that are not infringed in some way. They make excuses and bring up hypotheticals to convince others that this is a bad idea.
Opponents of the law fear it will chill free speech on campus and lead to more campus suicide. The former dean of the University of Texas School of Architecture left for a position at the University of Pennsylvania because of his opposition to allowing guns on campus.
So, these people believe that everyday Texans will walk around and threaten college students with violence; possibly even shoot them for speaking their mind? Seriously? Well, if the dean left because this was his thought process, I would say the UT is better, and UP is worse for it.