Glocks (not cocks) stopped UT stabber from hurting more people

Perhaps it's time to expand and normalize campus concealed carry in the wake of the UT-Austin stabbing. (Photo via AP)

Perhaps it’s time to expand and normalize campus concealed carry in the wake of the UT-Austin stabbing. (Photo via AP)

After a tragic stabbing at the University of Texas at Austin in which a student died and three others were injured, the community is trying to search for answers and heal through this difficulty.

Police say 21-year-old Kendrex White allegedly kicked a female student out of his way and used a hunting knife to stab four male students on campus, one of which was freshman Harrison Brown, who died on the scene. White was then taken into custody as officers pointed their firearms at him and motioned him to the ground.

It’s a brutal act that many people who know White say they were shocked and saddened to hear he would ever consider doing. Police now say that White has been suffering from mental issues.

Texas is one of the first states in the nation to have expanded on-campus concealed carry laws. It allows students who want to exercise their Second Amendment rights to bear arms on campus. While there weren’t any students with a firearm (it was the police), the presence of firearms stopped White from continuing his rampage.

There were many protests at UT-Austin by liberals and gun control activists who brandished dildos and held signs that said “cocks, not glocks.” The motto was coined because protesters felt that the state had harsher laws towards sex toys than guns.

The issue is no longer about legality as Texas allows concealed carry on campus, rather it’s about normalization. If liberal students are “literally shaking” over the possibility of confronting an individual carrying a concealed weapon and viewing them as “the other,” then social attitudes towards firearms will remain stagnant.

As someone who once supported gun control, there’s no law that bars a criminal from obtaining a firearm illegally and shooting up a school, business, or house of worship. Criminals automatically disregard the law. Why would they go through a background check they know they’re going to fail? And where do gun control advocates get off by trying to cripple the rights of law-abiding citizens by pushing for more background checks and gun-free zones?

Even PolitiFact found that the percentage of legal guns used to commit crimes is negligible (anywhere from 3 to 11 percent).

It’s time to admit that guns aren’t the cause of violence. They’re only a neutral vehicle. They can save as many lives as they take. It all depends on how many good guys are allowed to possess them over the bad guys.

Above all, it’s time to expand and normalize concealed carry weapons on college campuses because, like the old saying goes, it’s better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.