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A Better East Texas: Guns on campus

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Are Gun Free Zones about to be a thing of the past in Texas?  It seems that we may be getting closer to that reality as a recently proposed law would allow concealed handguns in buildings on college campuses across the state.  The measure is being considered in the current legislature and could come up for a vote very soon.  Currently in Texas you have to be at least 21 years old, have passed a criminal background check and passed a gun safety course to earn a license to carry a concealed handgun.  So this law, if passed, will only allow only those older students to carry a weapon.  Now initially, this could appear to be a recipe for disaster but we have to face the reality that is out there.  This bill is in response to the increase in campus shootings over the past several years.  In most of the shootings student victims never had a chance to defend themselves because, in most states, it is illegal to carry a concealed firearm on campus or in campus buildings.  As a father, it is hard to imagine that we would need to come to this point but this is believed to be an effective deterrent.  Most of the gunmen in campus shootings have acted alone.  Passage of this law swings the odds back into the favor of students and instructors who can now defend themselves.  It is not a pleasant thought but perhaps it will ultimately save lives and that will make for a Better East Texas.

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