Editorial: Leave the Second Amendment alone in Texas

Editorial: Leave the Second Amendment alone in Texas

The state of Texas first had a concealed handgun law in 1996. This law did not result in a return to the stereotypical days of the wild, wild west – when people settled their differences with shootouts on the street at high noon. The Lone Star State now has open carry laws, which allows licensed gun owners to carry their firearms in plain view. Texas also has a law allowing the concealed carry of handguns on public university campuses. If there is a state that has proved the Second Amendment works – and that knee-jerk reactions/fears related to licensed gun ownership and gun violence are unfounded – it is Texas. This is why a case before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans is just another desperate attempt to play on the fears of those who oppose the Second Amendment. Three professors at the University of Texas had their related case/appeal heard before the court this past week, as they oppose the Texas law allowing licensed gun owners to carry a concealed weapon on the campus of public universities. The unfounded claims of increased gun violence from those who oppose the Second Amendment are becoming tiresome. As previously stated, the state of Texas has had laws backing up the Second Amendment since at least 1996 – and licensed gun owners have not resorted to shootouts. The aforementioned trio of UT professors are of the opinion that expanding the Second Amendment to public universities will threaten a […]

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