Speaking From Experience Against Guns on Campus

February 24, 2009

As a growing number of Texas lawmakers push to give college students to the right to carry concealed weapons on campus, an unofficial spokesman has emerged at the University of Texas at Austin to oppose such a move. The Dallas Morning News reported that John Woods, a graduate student, has been speaking out on the issue from his personal experience as a Virginia Tech graduate whose girlfriend was shot and killed in the massacre there. Students with guns can easily have emotional breakdowns or gun accidents, he notes. "Crime on campus is, statistically, incredibly low. Virginia Tech got very, very unlucky," Woods told the newspaper. "If students have guns on campus, that can only create more danger." But State Sen. Jeff Wentworth isn't convinced and is introducing legislation this week to allow students to carry guns. "I don't want to wake up and read in the paper that Texas students were mowed down like sitting ducks on campus because they weren't allowed to defend themselves," he said.

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