Over the last two legislative sessions, I organized students against bills which would have forced colleges and universities to allow guns in classrooms. I did so because I lost people close to me in the Virginia Tech shooting, and grew tired of lawmakers exploiting our tragedy to promote a political agenda having nothing to do with campus safety.
We won that fight, in no small part because of people like Chief Acevedo and Constable Bruce Elfant, as well as all the other members of law enforcement who oppose arming college students.
So it was with great concern that I learned Michael Cargill is running for Travis County Constable, Precinct 2.
There are a number of good things I can say about Mike. He is hard-working, warm, and intelligent. He holds to his convictions.
But Mike Cargill was also one of the chief voices lobbying for passage of the “guns in classrooms” bills.
These bills were about opening a new market for firearms sales and concealed handgun licensing classes – and Mr. Cargill was one of those who stood to gain a great deal from that market. You see, Mr. Cargill earns his living at least in part by running CHL Class Austin, which – among other things – markets CHL classes to college students  .
The Twitter feed for Mr. Cargill's business – which may also be his personal feed – offers some additional hints about his beliefs. It seems that Mike Cargill not only supports guns in classrooms, but also guns in bars.
And on July 26th, Cargill wrote, “Rep. Ron Paul of Texas introduced all three bills in the US Congress….We salute you Sir [sic],” referring to legislation which would (1) force the FAA to allow commercial airline pilots to carry guns, (2) repeal the Gun-Free School Zones Act of 1990, and (3) repeal the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (which instituted federal background checks).
Cargill believes in a Wild West version of Texas that no longer exists. Guns should be readily available to everyone, without background checks, for them to carry anywhere they want. One has to ask: if Michel Cargill believes these things, what would his role be as a member of law enforcement?
I worry that Cargill, if elected, will use his office to promote his own business. I also worry that his motivation for running for this position is to give himself a megaphone through which to broadcast his beliefs about guns.
I ask the Democratic voters of Precinct 2 to take a good hard look at the candidates before primaries come around. Ask hard questions. Make sure that the person you elect is a person who represents your beliefs – and the beliefs of Texans.