Texas considering disguised . handguns on campus
Texas lawmakers are weighing a bill that will allow professors and students to hold concealed weapons on university campuses. Before the voting commences, a public meeting to the measure will be announced soon on the legislature's site, searchable just by #sb354.
"This is concerning self-defense, " said San Antonio Republican Sen. Barry Wentworth, the legislation's recruit. "It's about protecting lives of students who are totally vulnerable and defenseless and capable to be picked off by a deranged shooter, as was the case in Virginia. "
Wentworth is referring to the April 2007 massacre with Virginia Tech when college student Seung-Hui Cho shot 32 people to death. All except two were killed in classrooms in a single on-campus building. Cho fully commited suicide as authorities neared. He had purchased the handguns applied to the massacre legally. (Discover CNN. com's special coverage with the Virginia Tech tragedy.)
Virginia Tech is a deadliest school shooting with U. S. history. The second-deadliest happened within 1966 when Charles Whitman killed 16 people and wounded 31 in the University of Texas with Austin. A student together with former U. S. Maritime, Whitman picked off a number his victims from his perch within a campus tower. Most just lately in Texas, a student fired a great assault rifle in September at the University of Texas. He killed himself, but nobody else was hurt.
"The Va shooter was mentally deranged. The people who can carry weapons on campus, when this passes, would end up licensed, and therefore entirely trained, " he said. "To get a permit in Texas, you ought to be 21, go through a 10-hour course and distribute an exam, and move out on a shooting range with a handgun and pass a test.
One would have to endure a criminal background check and pay a fee greater than $100, Wentworth said. "People do not lightly apply for the required permits, " he said. "We can have responsible, trained people there inside classroom. "
Opponents with the bill are concerned that more guns means more violence. Critics involve two Virginia Tech scholars who barely escaped Cho's rampage.
"I was there that day. It's the craziest day of my life with one person walking around with two guns, " Colin Goddard told reporters last week when he spoke out against the bill at the Florida Capitol. "I can't even imagine what it might have been like with multiple students and multiple guns. "
Goddard has been shot four times together with survived by playing dead. He wrote about his opposition to guns on campus for CNN. com within January.
Former Tech student John Woods, whose girlfriend was killed in the shooting, joined Goddard in Texas to speak about he, too, is against the bill.
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