To Carry or Not To Carry Concealed Guns on Campus? That's the Debate Among Texas A&M Students

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TEXAS A&M - Should Texas A&M students be allowed to carry guns on campus?

That's the question sparking a lot of debate on the A&M Campus.

This week, A&M's Student Senate passed the Personal Protection Act that would allow students with concealed carry permits to carry firearms on campus if given the OK by University Administrators.

Florida State students know all too well what its like to have a gunman open fire on campus. Three students were wounded before a former student was killed in a shootout with police

And who can forget Virginia Tech, where 32 people were killed in a 2007 shooting rampage.

Last year alone, there were at least 27 shootings on or near college campuses, according to a survey of news reports by The Huffington Post.

Luckily, here at Texas A&M, we have not seen such violence. Yet the student senate feels students should be allowed, if licensed, to carry concealed handguns on campus.

Student Senator Cary Cheshire says, "I think it's evident students should have the right to self defense on campus, if you look at statistics, violent crime is increasing."

In part because of that nationwide trend, this week, the student senate passed the Personal Protection Act. Now it's up to the student body president to sign or Veto it.

Cheshire says, "if there was a shooter on campus, the threat is seconds away and the police are minutes away and we could have a real tragedy here and we need to take steps to prevent it."

But others say they already feel safe on campus and don't think students need to carry guns.

"It's a little frightening for me, I don't know if it would deter crime," says one female student.

This student, who did not want to give her name, fears of an armed student getting trigger happy, making a tragedy even worse.

"Knowing that more people have a gun and carrying a gun on campus would actually make me more worried and concerned about my safety."

If signed by the Student Body President, the University would still have to sign off.