I’m sorry, but this is ridiculous. Texas is doing something mind-numbingly stupid [quelle surprise!]:
Texas is preparing to give college students and professors the right to carry guns on campus, adding momentum to a national campaign to open this part of society to firearms.
More than half the members of the Texas House have signed on as co-authors of a measure directing universities to allow concealed handguns. The Senate passed a similar bill in 2009 and is expected to do so again. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, who sometimes packs a pistol when he jogs, has said he’s in favor of the idea.
Texas has become a prime battleground for the issue because of its gun culture and its size, with 38 public universities and more than 500,000 students. It would become the second state, following Utah, to pass such a broad-based law. Colorado gives colleges the option and several have allowed handguns.
Supporters of the legislation argue that gun violence on campuses, such as the mass shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007 and Northern Illinois in 2008, show that the best defense against a gunman is students who can shoot back.
Yes, because in the hysteria of a mass shooting, when things are so disorienting that it’s hard to tell where the gunfire is coming from until long after the bodies are down, what we need is MORE ARMED PEOPLE.
And one of the speakers for the gay wingnut contingent is referring to this as a, wait for it…
“Victory for Gay Rights”!
This is great news for gay people whom many believe are more vulnerable than straights for harassment based on our sexuality. If a potential bashers know that gay students might be packing, they’ll be less likely to attack. And if they do attack, gay people will better be able to defend themselves.
Kudos to Texas legislators for considering providing gay men and lesbians with an important tool to protect against ourselves against those who would do us harm. Let’s hope gay organizations in Texas and nationwide push the legislature to act speedily on this important gay rights measure.
Mind-blowing. And people, I’m not anti-gun. But this doesn’t have a damn thing to do with gay rights, nor does it have anything to do with changing the climate that would lead people to attack gays and lesbians in the first place, and moreover, lots of gays and lesbians have guns already! This has never been a deterrent to hate crimes in the past, so why the possibility that a member of the GSA at the University of Texas might have a gun on campus would somehow deter an attacker in the future, is beyond me. Indeed, most of the massacres we’ve seen in the past several decades have been carried out with guns purchased legally, so as far as I can see, the only thing this changes is that, if a malcontent headcase decides to open fire on a college campus in Texas, he can rest easy knowing that it was perfectly okay, thanks to Governor Goodhair and the intellectually slowest governing body on the face of the earth, for him to waltz onto campus with that gun.
This is what Stockholm Syndrome looks like, people. It’s sad.