On Monday I wrote an article about why allowing guns on campus would make students less safe. However, some conservative students at Texas State University San Marcos are wearing empty gun holsters in support of TX House Bill 1893, which would prevent Texas Universities from prohibiting students from carrying weapons on campus.

About 30 students are participating in the “protest,” which according to its organizer makes it “a grassroots movement.”

Ryan Payne, Vice-President of the TSUSM College Democrats, had this to say about the protest organizer:

“Michael Guzman is one of the greatest political minds of his generation and instead of choosing to put food in Texas children’s’ stomachs, lower tuition for his peers and constituents, fight for tax free textbooks, help people in San Marcos keep their jobs, he’s walking around with an empty holster asking for guns on campus,” Payne said. “There are too many serious issues we have facing us in this state and on this campus. It bewilders me — it’s like he has a 20 gauge mind in a semiautomatic world.”

This is another example of Republicans ignoring the real needs of the community in order to engage in what Payne calls “activism for the sake of activism.”

Payne also addresses the effect guns can have as an aggression-eliciting stimulus, one of the concerns I discussed in Monday’s article:

“A gun only allows you to have a gun at the back of your mind constantly,” Payne said. “If you’ve got a big five-pound metal thing hanging off your hip you’re going to keep thinking about guns.”

Unfortunately, most analysts agree that this bill is most likely to become law in Texas. I hope for the sake of Texas students that I’m wrong about the potential for increased violence.

Here is the language of HB 1893:

Sec. 411.2031. CARRYING OF HANDGUNS BY LICENSE HOLDERS ON
CERTAIN CAMPUSES. (a) For purposes of this section, “institution
of higher education” and “private or independent institution of
higher education” have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003,
Education Code.
(b) A license holder may carry a concealed handgun on or
about the license holder’s person while the license holder is on the
campus of an institution of higher education or private or
independent institution of higher education in this state.
(c) An institution of higher education or private or
independent institution of higher education in this state may not
adopt any rule, regulation, or other provision prohibiting license
holders from carrying handguns on the campus of the institution.
(d) An institution of higher education or private or
independent institution of higher education in this state may
establish rules, regulations, or other provisions concerning the
storage of handguns in dormitories or other residential buildings
that are owned or operated by the institution and located on the
campus of the institution.