02 Dec Rice University opts out of ‘Campus Carry’ Law
Rice said on Monday that they would be opting out of a law due to come into effect next year that will allow for people licensed to carry a concealed weapon to do so on Rice’s University Campus.
David Leebron, the University President wrote in an email to all faculty, staff and students saying that allowing the carrying of firearms on campus would decrease school safety and harm its reputation.
The Campus Carry law comes in to effect on the 50th Anniversary of one of the deadliest gun incidents on record when Charles Whitman, sat on top of the clock tower killed 16 people.
Some of the other Universities to opt out include:
- Texas Christian University
- Baylor University
- Southern Methodist University
Earlier www.rawstory.com reported “University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven, a retired Navy admiral who led the U.S. Special Operations Command and organized the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has questioned campus carry.
“There is great concern that the presence of handguns, even if limited to licensed individuals age 21 or older, will lead to an increase in both accidental shootings and self-inflicted wounds,” McRaven wrote to lawmakers this year.
Under the law, people 21 and older with a concealed handgun license can carry handguns in classrooms and other buildings at the University of Texas system, one of the nation’s largest with an enrollment of more than 214,000.”
The debate around the gun carrying law is a hot one at the moment with pressure from both sides of the fence. Could people carrying weapons bring down a rogue gunman? Or would the campus carry law just mean more incidents of shootings on Campus’?
Would someone with little or no training be able to shoot calmly and accurately when under extreme stress and pressure or perhaps even when being shot at? Also the question of what happens when there is not an active shooter on campus, which is most of the time. Would the presence of concealed weapons in everyday situations lead to more gun crime or accidental shootings?