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.

2 Comments »

  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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