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.