Wednesday November 28th, Texas A&M student senate met to discuss several important issues currently in debate on campus. Among the topics was the appeal by President John Claybrook to passing the concealed carry of handguns on campus.
This topic has been increasingly controversial as the semester went on and came to a head when senate vetoed Claybrook’s appeal and approved the bill to permit handguns on campus. While many students are still unsure or opposed to concealed carry the decision will not affect campus events dramatically.
Rigorous training takes place before anyone is issued a concealed carry license. Short of a single shooting test, the training is exactly that which police officers receive. Several written tests are taken as well. The entire ordeal is quite expensive, which will deter many students. Only those who pass these classes are given the license, a fact that should comfort uneasy students and parents.
Senate chair holder Rachel Smith, when asked for her opinion, stated that she “voted for concealed carry because I feel like the right to bear arms is a constitutional right that should not be infringed upon just because someone steps onto a piece of property [such as a university campus] with individuals of a certain age.”
Statistically colleges with concealed carry, about 70 nationwide, haven’t had any of the accidental shootings or suicides that most opposed students were worried about. Supporters argued that this is not a handout to just walk onto campus with a gun. The training is extremely difficult and only those who are dedicated will complete the program.