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Concealed weapons necessary for safety

Concealed weapons necessary for safety

September 29
21:41 2010

OPINION

The state of Texas and college students in particular are mourning the tragic shooting that took place on the UT campus Sept. 28. Despite the minimal damage, it no doubt brought the same grief that the shootings of Virginia Tech, and the much earlier Columbine brought. But isn’t that the point? Time after time we continue to hear of about school shootings, and they never seem to stop.

Damage is done, the news stories run, and then we all seem to move on and forget until the next tragic shooting occurs. Some people blame TV and video games while others blame it on a lack of parenting. While the cause of these school shootings is anyone’s guess and may vary on a case-by-case basis, what’s not anyone’s guess is how to prevent school shootings.

The solution is easy if you’re willing to put political correctness aside. Teachers and school staff need to carry guns themselves. Let’s be honest, if I’m an enraged gunman on a rampage, a “gun-free campus” sign isn’t going to stop me. The idea is almost laughable. But such a sign will stop a law-abiding licensed staff member from carrying, and therein lies our problem.

And it’s far from laughable.

By having a no-tolerance policy for guns on campus, they’re not really keeping anybody safe.

They’re preventing good people from protecting themselves against gunmen who couldn’t care less. Realistically, if a shooter storms into a classroom here at UNT, what are the students and teachers supposed to do? Throw pencils?

By allowing teachers and staff to carry concealed handguns on campus, they’d actually reduce the risk of gun violence on campus.

Even a crazed gunman would think twice before entering a college where he knows teachers and staff are armed. He’s more likely to go to a school where people are not. While campus police are appreciated and trusted, it would take them minutes to arrive on a scene in a situation where seconds count.

I respectfully ask that the state of Texas allow concealed weapons on campus.

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