Some faculty and staff at Texas Tech have started a petition against Senate Bill 11, also known as the Campus Carry law out of concern for safety and a ‘threat to our academic freedom.’
The law, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott, extends the right to carry concealed handguns into buildings on public college campuses, and will take effect on August 1st of 2016.
The petition calls on Texas Tech President Duane Nellis to declare all classrooms as well as faculty and staff offices as “gun free” zones. It goes on to ask the university board of regents to approve their request.
Jack Garner, a student, believe campus carry is a good thing.
“I believe that open carry would deter crime because any potential shooter knowing that there are people in a building or on campus that have guns. That would deter them from performing that horrific act,” Sarah Garner said.
Except the law is for campus carry, not open carry in colleges. But we’re sure the latter will become an issue with gun rights advocates at some point in the future, too.
Others do not agree with Garner.
“I think it’s a bad idea,” Sarah Carrier said. “I don’t think bringing more guns on campus is going to help anything.”
The faculty and staff who have signed the petition believe campus carry is a bad idea.
Watch courtesy of KCBD:
The petition states that faculty members say the presence of guns on campus puts the university in danger and is “not only a threat to our safety; it is a threat to our academic freedom. It creates a special class of students which is encouraged to secretly carry lethal force into college and university buildings.”
Senate Bill 11 is Texas law will take effect at the college unless this petition is approved.
Daniel Hamermesh, an economics professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, announced recently that he plans to withdraw from the university because of the campus carry law.
Recently, 51 University of Texas psychology professors signed a statement opposing guns in campus buildings. The statement reads, “There is no empirical evidence whatsoever that the presence of concealed guns on campus will promote student safety, and ample reason to believe that it will lead to harm.”
“Shootings give rise to situations marked by panic, confusion, and terror, conditions under which judgment, especially among individuals who are untrained and inexperienced in such situations, is impaired,” in continues.
“Because we are personally and professionally committed to promoting the physical and mental well being of children, adolescents, and adults, we strenuously object to this law and to the presence of concealed guns in campus buildings.”
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