Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) and members of the state legislature tried to ram more guns down people’s throats at the behest of the National Rifle Association, and nobody wants them.
This summer, Abbot signed a “campus carry” law that would allow professors and students to bring guns to class, carry them into campus buildings, and sleep with them under their pillows in the dorms. If thousands of guns being brought to a place with college parties, binge drinking, and classrooms full of teenagers sounds like a dangerous idea, congratulations– you’re smarter than Gov. Abbott.
Unsurprisingly, it’s the people who are being asked to endure this dangerous new heavily-armed environment who are least happy about it. Despite Republicans assuring the public that they are doing this to keep people safe, the students and professors themselves want nothing to do with this terrifying plan. It’s led to demonstrations by students at schools like the University of Texas at Austin, and now, an unprecedented 168 professors from over 30 departments have signed a pledge that they will not take part in this bone-headed scheme.
— Coyote Jones (@in_mexica_res) October 1, 2015
But because it’s pretty clear that Gov. Abbott intends to listen to his NRA lobbyists rather than the people his legislation is affecting, the professors have hatched a plan to shutdown the law using its own rules. Within the law is a point that universities can establish certain areas as “gun free zones” at their discretion. The professors are asking UT officials to simply make all or nearly all of campus a designated gun free zone.
Given the ample statistics available showing that more guns invariably lead to more gun violence (go figure!), it’s easy to see why kids and professors don’t want their school turning into a gun lover’s paradise. It may be news to pro-gun activists, but “good guys with guns” don’t actually prevent mass shootings. And “gun free zones” don’t encourage shooters, either. We saw that myth once again get debunked in real time in yet another tragedy, when a shooter walked boldly onto an open-carry campus in Oregon and killed over a dozen people.
After the shooting in Oregon, President Obama anticipated the delusional right-wing backlash that inevitably suggests more guns are needed after gun massacres. He didn’t mince words dismantling it:
“There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America. So, how can you with a straight face make the argument that more guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths, so the notion that gun laws don’t work, or will make it harder for law abiding citizens and criminals will still get guns is not borne out by the evidence.”
It appears dozens of professors and hundreds of students facing similar delusions in Texas agree. It’s time we listened to them and not the organizations with a vested interest in selling more guns.
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