Dear Editor of Dallas Morning News,
Dennis McCuistion, a clinical professor of corporate governance at The University of Texas at Dallas, has the belief that campus carry not only keeps students safe while on campus but also keeps those around and the overall campus safer. This as it stands is a dangerous lie that not only lead to school shootings such as Virginia Tech, Columbine and The UT Tower but continues to prepatuaute a false narrative that more guns on campuses across this Nation will in turn lower the number massacre related incidents.
Originally introduced in 2013 by Texas State Senator Birdwell Senate Bill 11 (formally known as Campus Carry measure filled in the 2013 Legislative session) was created to allow Student 21 and over the right to carry concealed firearms on their persons. On June 1,2015 Governor Abbott signed SB 11 allowing students with a handgun license to carry. This Bill went into effect a few weeks prior to the start of the 2016 school year on most Texas Campuses. However this bill was not met without reprehension on college campuses in particular UT Austin. Not only was to bill met with distaste amongst students on campus with widespread protest, professors giving up their jobs over fear of teaching in classrooms of over 300 students and not knowing who had access to their legally granted firearm but even Its own President Gregory Fenves struggles to keep together a school he had only just recently become President of “I don’t believe guns belong on campus.”, “We had more than 3000 comments on this from students and faculty,and they overwhelmingly opposed it.” These reasons alone justify the irrationality of the campus carry law butra factor greatly studied is; How will a disgruntled student with license to carry react when she,he or they feel as if in some way there have been
disrespected in a classroom. Not only is the fear justifiable but very true for a campus such as UT where one of its very own students in 1996 shot 49 people.
Now more specifically to the facts of the matter using States where the laws are similar and vary to that of the State of Texas. There as of now are 9 States including Texas that allow for campus carry on the other hand 21 other states do not allow campuses carry with a few variation to even these laws. This to me is a testament to what we should and shouldn’t allow on campuses. In the State of Utah and Colorado similar concealed campus carry laws were enacted in both states and not only lead to a rise of crimes committed on campus but additionally in both the state of Colorado (25 to 36 percent) and Utah (an increase of 50 percent) the numbers of campus rape cases increased where across the Nation the number of campus rape cases had been decreasing by a rate of 3% a year according to a study done by The Campaign to Keep Guns off Campus group. These number alone are striking and it is not at all difficult to imagine to level of devastation it could cause on Texas Campuses with Public Universities having thousands of students everyday who have the right to carry in specified locations around campus.
The Campus carry law is an egregious farce to line to pockets of Gun sellers all over the country. Not only has the public seen time and time again what allowing people to gain guns through any means has done outside of our educational institutes but many of us even no someone or multiple people who have lost their lives to gun violence. Even knowing this we are now allowing for the State legislature to bring these ideas onto our campuses and the idea is all together heart-wrenching. I have a strong belief that there is no logical reasoning behind the Campus carry laws and all in all we must not create situations of easier access but instead of higher accountability and care.
In his 1963 Inaugural Address, Governor George Wallace Of Alabama uses his position as Governor, his knowledge of the Alabama crowd, along with his strong speaking skills, and his use of his own logic on segregation in order to bring forth his message of the continuation of segregation to the Alabama crowd.
In George Wallace’s Speech to the Alabama crowd, he begins by first creating a level of comradery with the crowd. ” I want to thank those home folks of my county who first gave an anxious country boy his opportunity to serve in State politics.”(pg.1) He establishes to the crowd he can understand and relate to them well enough to start off by giving thanks. By using this way to address the crowd he creates a welcoming atmosphere that draws in the viewer right away before he dives into his speech on segregation. Following this, at the end of the page, he remarks:” I hope you’ll forgive me these few moments of remembering… but I wanted them.. and you.. to know, that I shall never forget.”. He not only thanks, those not present but the crowd in front of him. He also adds in an extra factor and that is letting the people know who voted him into power that he will also never forget them. His uses of addressing the crowd and knowing the audience at the very start of his speech allow for him to not only carry out the speech but get the audience fully engaged in him.
Following the start of his speech, Governor Wallace brings his position in as governor in right away. ” This is the day of my Inauguration as Governor of the State of Alabama. And on this day I feel a deep obligation to renew my pledges, my covenants with you… the people of this great state.” This start to his speech establishes multiple things to the audience not only is he making a point to lay out his position but he also uses the chance to use words such as “obligation” and “pledges”. This uses of language strengthen his position as Governor. This allows for the audiences to feel trust in him but also in his position. He is stating to them that he has a plan for them and he is in no way going to forget about it but instead make a point of enforcing and keeping to the promises he made to these people. He then goes on in a later paragraph to list off the things he has promised to the people and also plans to keep and enforce. “I have said to you that I would eliminate the liquor agents… I shall fulfill my duty in working hard to bring industry into our state…”. Altogether his use of these statements solidifies his position as Governor and makes the crowd trust in him more. His position as Governor allows him to actually pass these rules so he is able to strengthen his position.
Throughout the rest of his speech, Governor Wallace uses his logic on segregation to make his ideas clear and concise to his audience. First of all during this time not only was segregation and integration enormous topics of discussion but also at times lead to the death of people all over the Nation. According to NPR, the level of segregationist and anti-segregationist tensions had risen. “: The year was 1963. Civil rights activists were fighting for equal access to schools and the voting booth, and the federal government was preparing to intervene in many Southern states.”. Even with this knowledge of intense segregation issues arising Governor Wallace put forth his own views on segregation.” I say… segregation now… segregation tomorrow… segregation forever.” This line carries an incredibly large weight that Governor Wallace had intended to present to his audience. He inserted this line well after he had given his thanks but still into the beginning of his speech so that is was able to have its effect on those in the crowd. His logic on segregation also was lined with the crowd he was speaking to which helps to tie back to his overarching point of segregation.
Governor George Wallace became the Governor of Alabama in 1963 and during his Inaugural Address to the people of Alabama, he gives his thanks and his appreciation to them for appointing him into power. However, to get to his goal of implementing pro-segregationist beliefs he uses his power as governor, his logic of segregation and his strong language and speaking skills to get his point to his audience about the need for continued segregation in the state of Alabama.
All Things Considered. NPR, http://www.npr.org/2013/01/14/169080969/
segregation-forever-a-fiery-pledge-forgiven-but-not-forgotten. Accessed 10
History. 14 Jan. 2017, http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/
george-wallace-inaugurated-as-alabama-governor. Accessed 7 Mar. 2017.