Legalization Of Campus Carry

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“Effective August 1, 2016 (4 year institutions); August 1, 2017 (2 year institutions); individuals who have a valid Texas handgun license may carry a concealed handgun on college campuses in certain areas so long as the area has not been designated by school as a weapons free area” (Beatty 5). This means the Houston Community College only has one more peaceful semester left. Even far before its legalization, Campus Carry has been a controversial topic for ongoing discussion among a large body of students and faculty at higher education institutions. The law has not been easily received in Texas, and its passage created a distinctive division within the state as “some universities, such as Texas A&M, are taking it in stride, but ‘others, like …show more content…
In 2005, “Zachary Ourada, a young man who followed the rules, took classes, and received a conceal and carry permit, shot and killed a doorman at a local Minneapolis bar after being escorted out for his conduct. Mr. Ourada had been drinking” (Smith 240). What will happen if a similar incident takes place on a college campus instead of a bar? Many college students attend parties on a Sunday night, consuming alcohol beverages, and have classes the following morning. Although there is a time gap in between, some students might still be under the influence of alcohol as they enter the campus. Affected by alcohol, a student might be unable to control his or herself, and if that student gets into an argument, the verbal argument might turn into a physical confrontation, and with access a gun, the student might end up shooting at the person he or she is arguing against. The dangerous combination of guns and alcohol has been proven by a study titled “Guns at College,” published in the Journal of American Health in 1999, which found “a positive association between gun ownership at college and a student’s over indulgence in drinking then driving, having an arrest record for inappropriate or impaired driving, and just generally having a higher chance of causing harm to themselves and others” (Smith

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