Allowing Guns on Campus

Whenever there is a shooting incident at an educational facility, there is discussion about whether staff and students should be armed. The proponents of having weapons at school present a simple argument. Allowing the staff and students to have weapons gives them a fighting chance if an attack should happen. Now there is legislation being presented in Texas to allow handguns on campus:

“… A bill filed by state Rep. Joe Driver, R-Garland, and state Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, would make Texas the second state to allow concealed handguns on college campuses. Eleven senators and 56 representatives have signed on as authors or co-authors.

Since 1996, Texans have had been able to carry concealed handguns, but they cannot carry at schools, in courts, polling places, race tracks or airports.”

link: Bill will allow guns on campus

On Sunday, there was a shooting attack at a church. An incomplete list of locations includes shopping malls, work places and so forth. Would the same argument apply that, for safety’s sake, people should be armed for their own protection? And how would you feel if, now or in the near future, you sent your son or daughter to school which allowed staff and students to carry fire arms?

Catherine Forsythe