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article imageTexas lawmakers: ‘Concealed weapons on campus are OK’

By Igor I. Solar     Feb 21, 2011 in World
Austin - More than half the members of the Texas House of Representatives are coauthors of a bill that could allow university students and professors to carry concealed weapons on campus. If the bill passes, Texas could follow Utah allowing guns in universities.
There are about 38 public universities in Texas with close to half a million students who would be allowed to carry firearms to class. Texas Governor Republican Rick Perry is in favour of the idea. Perry has said that sometimes he carries a gun while jogging.
"It's just a matter of self defence," says State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio. "I don't ever want to see repeated on a Texas college campus what happened at Virginia Tech, where some deranged, suicidal madman goes into a building and is able to pick off totally defenceless kids like sitting ducks," reports DailyMail.
Texas Governor (R) Rick Perry supports the bill allowing concealed weapons at university campuses.
Texas Governor (R) Rick Perry supports the bill allowing concealed weapons at university campuses.
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The legislation is widely expected to pass. Supporters of the initiative point out that violence by weapons on campus, including the massacres at Virginia Tech in 2007 where a gunman killed 32 people and on the campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, in 2008, show that the best defence against an armed man is that students can fight back with their own weapons.
Until the incident at Virginia Tech, the worst shooting rampage in a University campus in the United States occurred precisely in Texas in 1966, when sniper Charles Whitman, after murdering his wife and his mother,
Charles Whitman  University of Texas student  in the 1963 Cactus Student Yearbook. Whitman killed 16...
Charles Whitman, University of Texas student, in the 1963 Cactus Student Yearbook. Whitman killed 16 people in Austin, Texas in 1966.
climbed the Orange Tower at the University of Texas in Austin and killed 14 people, wounded other 32.
Another weapons incident took place last September (2010) at the University of Texas, when a student wearing a ski mask and carrying an AK-47 fired several shots before killing himself in the library. No other students were injured. Colin Goddard, a survivor of the Virginia Tech shootings, now member of Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, says that allowing weapons on campus is not the answer. Goddard was shot four times by Seung-Hui Cho four years ago, but survived by playing dead.
"I was there that day. It was the craziest day of my life, with one person walking around with two guns," Goddard said. "I can't even imagine what it would have been like with multiple students and multiple guns."
University of Texas President William Powers opposes the bill. According to AOLNews Powers has warned that the combination of students, guns and parties on campus could result on a dangerous situation.
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