Texas is a gun-loving state. You don’t have to look too far for the proof. In 2009, a host of bills concerning gun rights made it to the floor of the Texas Legislature, and while other commentators have covered them thoroughly, it should give us a starting point to consider gun rights as a whole.
Notable among this year’s legislative discussion was the passage of a measure okaying 21 year-old gun owners to carry concealed weapons onto state college campuses. The measure came two years after the Virginia Tech massacre, forty-three years after the infamous Charles Whitman shooting spree at the University of Texas, and a year after a UT student was arrested for carrying a handgun to campus.
I knew the student who was arrested last year. He was in my class at the time. Would I feel any safer now, knowing that my fellow classmates could have shot him first? Of course not. But that’s just my opinion, so let’s look at the facts.
Stories from other states
-- Mad Max Rules: Arizona Legislature's mandatory handgun ownership laws; [http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2009/06/mad_max_rules_arizona_legislat.php](http://blogs.phoenixnewtimes.com/bastard/2009/06/mad_max_rules_arizona_legislat.php) -- Do Massachusetts gun laws apply to all? (Part II); [http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062201766.html?hpid=moreheadlines](http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/22/AR2009062201766.html?hpid=moreheadlines) -- Wyoming: Neighbors in revolt; [http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/06/22/editorial/columns/e6b086f08538f7c6872575db00212c52.txt](http://www.trib.com/articles/2009/06/22/editorial/columns/e6b086f08538f7c6872575db00212c52.txt) -- Arizona: Keep concealed-weapons regulations; [http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/297934](http://www.azstarnet.com/allheadlines/297934) -- New Mexico: Rush on guns and ammo puts police agencies in bind; [http://www.daily-times.com/ci_12661625](http://www.daily-times.com/ci_12661625) -- New Jersey: When fear and fury drive gun sales; [http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/nyregion/22towns.html?ref=nyregion](http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/22/nyregion/22towns.html?ref=nyregion) -- Tennessee: Neudecker seeks AG opinion on JEA deal; [http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20090621/NEWS01/906210308](http://www.jacksonsun.com/article/20090621/NEWS01/906210308) -- Massachusetts: Top state court to review gun lock law; [http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2009_06_19_Top_Mass__court_to_review_gun_lock_law/srvc=home&position=recent](http://news.bostonherald.com/news/politics/view/2009_06_19_Top_Mass__court_to_review_gun_lock_law/srvc=home&position=recent) -- Michigan approves exception to weapons ban; [http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-michiganst-concea,0,69195.story](http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-ap-mi-michiganst-concea,0,69195.story) -- Wisconsin: Gun toters point to eased regulations as fix for recent violence; [http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/455641](http://www.madison.com/tct/news/stories/455641) -- Tennessee: Bill to seal gun permits falls short; [http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=10846](http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=10846) -- California: Gun and ammunition sales are hot; [http://www.redding.com/news/2009/jun/18/gun-and-ammunition-sales-are-hot/](http://www.redding.com/news/2009/jun/18/gun-and-ammunition-sales-are-hot/) -- Louisiana: Locak gun dealers can't keep bullets in stock; [http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090618/ARTICLES/906189934/1212?Title=Local-gun-dealers-can-t-keep-bullets-in-stock](http://www.dailycomet.com/article/20090618/ARTICLES/906189934/1212?Title=Local-gun-dealers-can-t-keep-bullets-in-stock) -- South Carolina: State poised to become the 28th state to keep secret the list of residents allowed to carry concealed weapons; [http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2008/03/24/weapons0324.html](http://www.ajc.com/services/content/printedition/2008/03/24/weapons0324.html) -- Oregon: Legislators ask universities to lift licensed gun ban; [http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/06/legislators_ask_universities_t.html](http://www.oregonlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2009/06/legislators_ask_universities_t.html)