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Spring Break Conflicts With Texas Gun Hearing
The Texas House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee is considering whether colleges should be forced to allow concealed handguns on campus. The proposal comes in the wake of the deadly shootings at Virginia Tech and news of what happened to a Las Vegas gun owner who left her gun in her car because it was not permitted on campus at UNLV.
Representative Steve Toth from The Woodlands says, "She was raped at gunpoint in the parking lot and she said, 'I obeyed the law and didn't carry my gun with me to school but the rapist didn't care about the law.'"
It is interesting that this would come up in committee this week because the people most affected by it are away this week. The main street in front of the University of Texas is a virtual ghost town and students who might want to comment on carrying a gun on campus are hard to come by.
Desmond shipper says, "It seems pretty dirty. Seems like they're making a decision without us." And Nathan Villarreal chimes in, "Everybody's out on spring break doing their own thing or out at South by Southwest doing their own thing. It's a clever tactic by them to do that."
College students might have missed Thursday's public hearing, but they still have time to influence their own representative before the issue comes up for a vote in the full House.
By Fred Cantu