Texas might okay ‘guns’ on campus

February 21st, 2011 - 8:06 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Texas, Feb 21 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Students in Texas could soon be heading towards their various campuses with their guns legally.

A proposed bill that is co-authored by more than half of the lawmakers in the state seeks to make it legal for students and other university workers to take guns to school. The bill is expected to be approved by the state’s Senate.

Supporters say the bill is highly welcomed and would only seek to get people to defend themselves. The bill is fully supported by the charismatic leader of the state. Governor Rick Perry who sometimes goes jogging with his gun concealed on him says the bill is just for self defense rather than anything else. He believes that the move would prevent massacres such as those that happened in Virginia Tech, Columbine University and other universities.

The bill is not without opponents. Opponents of the bill argue that if students are allowed to carry guns to campus, it would unnecessarily create fear on the various campuses in the state. The state is home to some 500,000 students in more than 30 public universities.

If the bill is approved in Texas, the state would become the second in the United States after Utah to allow guns to the campuses.

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