The Big Think

March 21, 2011

Concealed Carry

Filed under: Education,Politics — jasony @ 2:09 pm

Campus concealed carry bill no laughing matter – San Antonio Express-News: “Today, one Texan out of every 55 is licensed to ‘pack heat’ in such seemingly taboo locations as churches, movie theaters, shopping malls, restaurants, banks and even the Texas Capitol. Yet, a Texan is 20 times more likely to be struck by lightning than to be killed by a concealed handgun license holder.

The 71 U.S. college campuses that currently allow licensed concealed carry have yet to see a single resulting incident of gun violence (including threats and suicides), a single resulting gun accident or a single resulting gun theft.”

Texas is currently deciding whether or not to allow college students of legal age to carry concealed (with proper permitting) in certain campus spaces. While I understand and sympathize with both sides of the issue, I didn’t know the above statistics. They certainly shed some light on the issue. Still not sure how I feel about it (I have a lot of friends who are teachers at Baylor U), but it’s nice to know that history has shown that concealed permitting isn’t going to turn campuses into shooting ranges.


  1. The key to this issue is to realize that murdering people is, you know, *illegal*. The kind of person who has a concealed carry permit is manifestly *not* the kind of person who goes on a shooting spree. The kind of person who has a concealed carry permit is *very* likely, however, to be the kind of person who shoots a maniac partway through the maniac’s shooting spree (as happened several years ago — in Texas).

    How bout if we spend our money trying to make it so that more college freshmen can write a sentence.

    I was having a conversation with an Australian about this, and they said “You are definitely a Texan.” I did press the issue (I know you’re surprised about that) — and after a while she conceded that there is quite a bit of logic to my reasoning.

    Comment by barrybrake — March 23, 2011 @ 12:36 am

  2. Good points. I spoke with a prof at Baylor and they’re understandably nervous (well, to be truthful, they think it’s a TERRIBLE idea). While I’m not the one standing in front of a bunch of students who *may* be armed, I think stats like the ones I listed show pretty clearly that we might be worrying too much about it. Loved your idea about spending money on education instead of the issue-du-jour.

    And I’m not surprised to say that you DO continue to surprise me. 🙂

    Comment by jasony — March 23, 2011 @ 2:56 pm

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