Campus Carry Would Literally Take Money from Students And…

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Hospital patients! That’s right. If the dishonorable people in the Legislature decide Texas needs guns on all its campuses, it’s going to cost state colleges millions in preparation and gun safes. Those dollars are for increased campus security, new training on how to tell shooter students from regular students in shootings (extremely easy, of course), and firearm storage facilities. Today, the Houston Chronicle released the findings of a fiscal report put together by Texas’ several higher education systems.

“We should invest in arming our students with a 21st Century education, not arming them with handguns,” said state Sen. Rodney Ellis with a stark, powerful quote.

Campus carry would cost the UT system alone $39 million to simply get the program started — and most of that would come from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s University Police Department. Associate director for external communications at M.D. Anderson Julie Penne said the “costs would be covered out of proceeds from patient revenue, which would normally go toward cancer research, education and prevention efforts.” To anyone who cares about other people, it’s a horrible tragedy to transfer funds from this to something that will leave students dead.

The good news is that William McRaven, UT’s recently inaugurated chancellor, is firmly against this legislation. It’ll make Texas colleges “less safe,” said the person who led the capture of Osama bin Laden. McRaven is joined by the chancellors of TWU and TSU. Here’s TWU Chancellor, Carine Feyten:

We spend a lot of time dealing with the decisions of young people who are still grappling with the responsibilities of becoming an adult, and I do not think adding firearms into that environment will contribute to the safety of our students.

Against the odds, Texans for sanity have won this battle before led by people like John Woods and organizations like Texas Gun Sense and Gun Free Schools Texas The legislature is more extreme than ever before, yet only marginally. Point being: the fight is worthy both inherently and because it can be won. Sometimes fear is factual; in this case it is both factual and required. Campus carry puts student and staff lives at risk by creating a chaotic equity of targets in a highly emotional environment, and it robs students and patients of funds to which they are due.

It wouldn’t merely be a dark day if the bill passed; it’s a dark era where it might.

 

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Ben Sherman

Ben Sherman has been a BOR staff writer since 2011. A graduate of the University of Texas, Ben has worked on campaigns, in political consulting, and has written for other news outlets like Think Progress. Ben considers campaign finance reform the fundamental challenge of our time because it distorts almost every other issue in American politics.

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  1. These university systems claim that the Campus CHL bill, SB 11, requires schools to provide “secured weapons storage facilities” on campus.

    SB 11 does not mandate that these institutions do what they claim in the article. The bill only states that institutions of higher education would be allowed to “establish rules, regulations, or other provisions concerning the storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential facilities that are owned or leased and operated by the institution and located on the campus of the institution.”

    Get that? No mandate, just authority to establish rules for dorms.

    Institutions could establish no rules or something as simple as requiring any CHL holder living in a dorm to provide his own small gun safe – with the cost fully borne by the resident. Schools “could do what the University of Colorado System does and offer only one gun-friendly residence hall per campus,” as pointed out by Students for Concealed Carry. There are many no-cost options available and schools aren’t required to adopt any policy or to provide for gun storage.

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