Houston college shooting reignites debate on concealed carry at UT


by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on January 22, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 22 at 11:21 PM

AUSTIN – A shooting at a community college near Houston Tuesday afternoon reignited the debate at the University of Texas in Austin about carrying concealed weapons on campus.

“Whenever that happens a lot of blame gets put on what he utilized to do that, you know if he uses a sword, let's start banning swords,” said Marc Hamlin, a UT student and member of Texans for Concealed Carry which supports weapons in Texas college classrooms.

“To people like me who are for it (carrying concealed weapons), it shows a bigger need for it but people that are against it, it gives them fuel. I can say another word, it gives them ammunition to use against us if we're in a debate,” Hamlin said.

Hamlin told KVUE that he and other like-minded students have been meeting with Texas lawmakers to allow concealed handguns on campus. Similar measures have failed in the past two Legislative sessions.

The vast majority of the students who spoke to KVUE News Tuesday said they support the idea of concealed handguns in their classrooms.

“If you walked into a classroom, most people are not even going to know that you have it. The likelihood that you're going to use it on someone, very slim,” said UT student Payton Mogford.

“As a former teacher I feel that at least the instructors should have the right to be armed,” said UT student Karen Williams.

Not everyone agrees that concealed guns are a great idea on college campuses in Texas.

“I feel like there are other ways to defend yourself. Like if you really need protection from anything, there's pepper spray and stuff like that,” said UT student Shreenath Patel.