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Texans debate concealed weapons on campus

Texans debate concealed weapons on campus
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POSTED: Wednesday, September 29, 2010 - 9:16pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 7:13pm

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas already lets lawmakers bring guns
into the Capitol. And the governor sometimes jogs with a loaded
pistol. But should people be allowed to carry concealed weapons
onto college campuses?


Gun advocates argue that doing so could help put a quick end to
threats like the one posed by a University of Texas student who
fired several rounds from an assault rifle Tuesday before killing
himself.


Under current law, college buildings in Texas are gun-free
zones. But that did not stop Colton Tooley from darting along a
street near the university's clock tower Tuesday, shooting off an
AK-47.

He then entered a library and shot himself. No one else was hurt.


Police had no evidence Tooley was targeting anyone, but there
was plenty of discussion Wednesday about how much worse the
bloodshed could have been - and how to ensure that scenario never
happens.

 

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Licensed concealed carry holders should be allowed to carry their weapon anywhere. They have passed background checks and proven proficiency with the weapon.

If the concern is being able to identify the criminal in a situation, the licensed holder would be the one who puts his weapon down when ordered.

I feel that we are safer when law abiding citizens are able to defend themselves and others.

Chris Fails
Tyler, TX

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