Guns in Texas
In its Sunday editorial favoring guns on college campuses (“Comfort versus safety in debate over campus carry”), the Editorial Board argued that “those who bring guns must be 21 years or older and have a state-issued handgun license.”
The last time I checked, a student had to be 21 years or older to legally purchase an alcoholic beverage.
Good thing there’s no underage drinking on college campuses.
The Editorial Board ended its argument by asking “why should a college be any different” than say “the local grocery store” when allowing concealed weapons on campuses.
Here’s how: My local Kroger does not have tens of thousands of 18- to 22-year-old students walking through the store every day.
Students who consume alcohol to excess. Students who have just broken up with their boyfriends or girlfriends. Students who have just failed an important test or gotten a poor grade on a paper. Students who are interviewing for jobs or taking LSATs and MCATs for which they have spent years preparing. Students who are struggling with depression or anxiety.
That’s how it’s different.
And that’s why campus carry is one more bad idea driven by the Republicans’ blind devotion to the gun lobby in Texas.
William W. Thorburn, Benbrook
To have had proper balance, the Sunday story by Azia Branson (“Database shows guns involved in most killings in N. Texas”) should have pointed out that none of the homicides reported were committed by properly licensed gun owners, those who hold licenses to carry a concealed handgun.
State records will confirm that holders of concealed-carry licenses are law-abiding and among the least likely to commit any crime.
David A. Seay,
Could there be a certain irony? Two headlines on Sunday’s front page: “Concealed handguns allowed at many Texas universities starting Monday” and “Database shows guns involved in most killings in N. Texas.”
Could it really be true that a concealed handgun on a college campus would be of help to the carrier?
Do we not notice that more often than not guns are the cause of death rather than a determiner of life?
We can shudder to imagine headlines of misunderstandings on college campuses.
There’s no guarantee that the good guys and good gals will be wearing white hats.
Anne M. Sanders,
“Guns involved in most killings”?
In his Sunday commentary (“Terrorism threat is high across Europe and the United States”), Richard Greene remarked on “rifles that look just like assault weapons that liberal lawmakers want to deny to law-abiding citizens.”
I’d remind Greene that rifles that look just like assault weapons were used to kill 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.; kill 14 and wound 22 in San Bernardino, Calif.; and kill 50 and wound 53 in Orlando, Fla.
All were obtained by previously law-abiding citizens.
Ask yourself as you remember those killed on Aug. 1, 1966, by a sniper in the University of Texas tower:
Does our new law allowing open and concealed carry of firearms on our campuses honor the sniper or his victims?
Think about it.
Laurence A. Pimentel,