Concealed Carry on Campus: (Conservative) Students Agree, Now Is the Time

Things we learned today: "The Texas College Republicans and Young Conservatives of Texas don't always see eye to eye." Big Tent, baby!!!

The claim comes in an announcement that -- despite the overwhelming variety of opinions among members of the Texas College Republicans and the Young Conservatives of Texas -- both groups believe that it is time to allow college students to pack concealed heat on campus.

Amazing, we know. Next dogs shall lie down with cats.

The groups, of course, could not ask for a more friendly legislature to implement their wishes, so they may just be right that now is the time to get it done. (If it needs to be done at all, naturally, which is another question.)

"Our opponents think this is about turning students and faculty into amateur security guards, in hopes of preventing another Virginia Tech," said Justin Till, chairman of the Texas College Republicans and a student at Angelo State University, "But this isn't about campus security; it's about personal security. It's about ensuring that Texans aren't forced to choose between getting an education and being able to protect themselves."

Tony McDonald, a senior vice-chair of the Young Conservatives of Texas and a law student at the University of Texas at Austin, says he's "cautiously optimistic" about things.

"I think most of the legislators realize that this is as much about student rights and individual rights as gun rights," he said. "The State of Texas already allows these trained, licensed, carefully-screened adults -- age 21 and above -- to carry concealed handguns throughout the rest of Texas. What evidence is there that they'll show any less discretion or sound judgment on college campuses?"

Bills have already been introduced to change the law so that guns would be allowed on campus. It is now up to the wisdom of the lege to determine if it will happen.

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