Take your guns to school, son?

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04/06/2009

The long debated issue about whether registered gun owners should be allowed to bring guns on college campuses has reached the Texas legislature, reported the Brownsville Herald. I know Texas has a thing for guns, but I bet if you ask the security director of Virginia Tech, the answer would an unwaivering no. After all, Seung-Hui Cho, the student who killed 32 people in 2007 was a licensed gun owner.

The argument for guns on campus always seems a little counterintuitive to me. Here's a quote from the article:

Proponents of the bill view it as a way to preserve gun owners' rights while promoting safety on campus, arguing that if students or staff on campus had weapons, they would have a better chance defending themselves against a Virginia Tech-style shooting.

I've never talked to a college security director who promotes guns on campus, but I bet there are some out there. (If you're one them you should share your opinion with me, it could be a great story). Although guns can certainly provide protection and security (or a sense of these anyway) I don't think I'd feel comfortable knowing the guy next to me at the library who's strung out from days of cramming, too much caffeine and not enough sleep could be packing heat.