HOUSTON, Tx. - There have been 23 college campus shootings this year alone. One reaction, whether you agreed with it or not, was allowing students and teachers to carry concealed handguns on campus. The idea is that law abiding, responsible gun owners might be able to protect themselves and fellow classmates against the mentally deranged.
This year, Texas became 8th state to allow concealed handguns to be carried on campus. The legislature gave universities some wiggle room on areas that could be designated gun-free zones, but warned them against trying to completely subvert the new legislation. A warning for the law set to be effective January 1st, 2016, that Rice University can flat out ignore.
Rice joins Texas Christian University in opting out, and being private universities, that’s totally their prerogative.
In an email sent to students, university president David Leebron writes, “There is no evidence that allowing the carrying of guns on our campus will make the campus safer.” He adds, “The most knowledgeable professional groups believe that guns will make campuses less safe.”
While the debate rages on about concealed handguns being good or bad for campus, one things for sure - Rice students returning for the spring semester don`t need to work on their target practice over winter break.