STATE ROUNDUP: Texas: Guns, grades, government

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