Recent tragedy raises gun control question on college campus
SAN ANTONIO— Gun control continues to be a hot topic of debate after the March 15 Christchurch shooting in New Zealand that killed at least 50 people. This shooting is the deadliest massacre in New Zealand history.
The United States has seen several attacks in recent years. On June 1, 2015, Texas Governor Greg Abbot signed a “Campus Carry” bill. The bill allows a handgun license holder to carry a concealed handgun on a college campus if the campus opts in to adapt the bill. Private universities like Our Lady of the Lake University have the option to opt in or out.
According to an OLLU Press Release on November 13, 2017, the OLLU board of Trustees voted to “opt out.” This decision was based on input received from students, faculty and staff, alumni and the Sisters of the Congregation of Divine Providence.
“I understand why people want to control guns, but I know people who are responsible gun owners,” student Michelle Herrera said. Herrera has family members and friends who are registered gun owners and feels like gun owners are not always given proper credit. Herrera added that she respects everyone’s point of view on gun control.
“There is no place for guns on any college campus. We have campus PD to handle any solution on campus,” former graduate student Mark Martinez said. As an elementary teacher, Martinez does not feel comfortable knowing someone is carrying a firearm on campus.
Presidential candidates running in the 2020 election are addressing the issues of gun violence and gun control. For those interested in a current candidate’s stance on gun control, visit their respected website to learn more. The 2020 Presidential election is scheduled for Tuesday, November 3, 2020. For more information on Texas Gun laws, visit https://capitol.texas.gov.