Can I just take a moment to express my irritation and frustration with this whole Open Carry law having been passed.
Before this past semester I had never even heard of ‘open carry’ or even had an opinion. But I was in a journalism class and one of our assignments was to go around campus and ask students what they thought about the law, if they wanted it passed or not, and why. So before we went out I had to brush up on my knowledge of the subject. My partner and I went out and it was a pretty even split between those wanting and not wanting the ‘open carry’ law to pass.
As soon as I learned what it was I was turned off by it. I’m kind of one of those people who feels like guns should be seriously limited. I know I am probably in the minority there, especially living in Texas, but it is my own personal feelings. I have seen a study about regular citizens who have guns and the effects that has. The thing that has stood out to me the most is that when a threat actually does arise the majority of people with a weapon can’t meet their mark due to stress and fear. Well that tells me that they will more likely do more harm than good by killing either themselves or someone else.
I know that danger does happen and it does happen on college campuses, but I don’t think having people with guns is the answer. I don’t think that killing is the answer.
I was expressing my thoughts the other night at work and it was brought to my attention that only licensed people will be able to carry, but that doesn’t make me feel any better about it. Sure, they may know what they are doing in a controlled classroom, but there is no telling how they will react when something does happen. It also bothers me that guns can be misplaced, lost, dropped, and stolen. I don’t feel safe knowing that these guns could get in the hands of just about anybody- Frat guys or any stressed student going through a rough time.
There is no telling what anyone might do. But we have now allowed guns on our campuses to see what will happen. Yay! Can’t wait to go back to school in the fall now. Not.