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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Campus shooting in Texas UPDATE

Posted By on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 at 1:59 PM

Three shot, one possibly the instigator, at the Lone Star Community College campus in Houston, Texas.

More here from Houston Chronicle.

Texas law currently prohibits guns on college campuses, though the legislature has fought in recent years over repealing the prohibition. It had looked like a lock in the last session until campus leaders raised the issue of rising insurance premiums on campus if guns were allowed. A Texas lawmaker introduced a new attempt at allowing concealed carry on campus after President Obama announced his gun initiative. Guns at college will be discussed in the current Arkansas legislative session, lawmakers have promised.

WAIT AND SEE: Davy Carter cautious on guns-in-church, college bills.
  • WAIT AND SEE: Davy Carter cautious on guns-in-church, college bills.
UPDATE: House Speaker Davy Carter, a Cabot Republican (bang bang), was asked about gun legislation today. Of course he had little good to say about the president's ideas. But he did let slip the slightest degree of wobbliness on weaponry on the issue of guns on campus and in church.

First:

“I’m anxious to hear from the educators and get their take. There’s certainly a national debate about gun control. I’m one that doesn’t like to make decisions right after a tragedy or some other emotional event. I think the president’s…part of his recommendation regarding mental health and getting to the bottom of some of that, I can understand. I don’t necessarily agree with gun control, we can talk about that for hours and hours. The wrongdoer could do damage with a 12-gauge too. The mental health side, as a nation, we need to get our arms around that.”


More specifically, on guns in church and college:

“I want to hear from the educators on the bill on carrying on campuses. That’s a major policy change and we need to listen to their take. Everybody has the same goal of protecting the students and the faculty, I just think we have to listen to all sides. I don’t think I would want to carry a gun when I was 19 or 20 or when I was in school. I mean, emotions are high, you got boyfriends and girlfriends and all other sorts of drama when you’re in college. That’s a difficult situation to be in. I don’t know, we’ll go through that and see. The gun-in-church bill, we’ve had that bill twice, the first session that came through I voted for it. Last session I didn’t. I’ve been personally torn over that issue regarding gun control more than any other one. That’s a hard one for me to come to grips with. Just from a personal standpoint. That one’s tough. It’s hard to balance those two…it’s unfortunate we live in society where that’s necessary. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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