In the wake of a tragedy at the University of Texas at Austin involving student Kendrex White fatally stabbing freshman student Harrison Brown and injuring three more with a ‘Bowie-style’ knife, somehow the debate circles right back to firearms and guns.
Anti-gun activists on campus are saying that if White would have had a firearm (as Texas law allows, if he had a permit), then there would’ve been more bloodshed and a higher casualty count.
“Had there been firearms added to that mix, it would have been far more disastrous,” Susan Schorn told ABC News. Schorn, who’s a writing instructor at UT, lobbied hard against any campus carry law and aligned herself with the Gun-Free UT group. Republicans controlling both the state Senate and House of Representatives passed on-campus concealed carry in 2015.
Antonia Okafor, founder of EMPOWERED, a pro-campus carry and self-defense training education group for college women, told Red Alert Politics that the media is twisting this tragic incident as a “win” for the anti-gun community.
“[Gun control advocates] claim that no license holder neither prevented nor stopped the attackers,” Okafor said in an email. “Well, campus carry was never about making campuses safer. It has always been about personal protection and empowerment. I have the right to self-defense with a firearm off campus and should have that same right to choose that form of protection, on campus-period.”
The law allows students over 21 years old to be license holders, and if they’re in the military, they need only be at least 18 years old. This eliminates roughly 50,000 students from being able to hold a license to carry a gun.
Meanwhile, C.J. Grisham, founder of Open Carry Texas, told ABC News that if someone nearby had a gun, they wouldn’t even have to fire a shot.
“When you produce a handgun, it immediately stops the aggression, just showing it,” Grisham said. “Gun owners I know aren’t itching to shoot somebody. They want to defend themselves.”
While Texas is one of the first wave of states to implement campus carry, Georgia became the latest state to pass a law allowing license holders to carry on state campuses. As more and more states implement expanded concealed carry laws, the faster the Second Amendment will be normalized so that criminals think twice before going through with their brutal act.