Students for Concealed Carry’s Statement on the Murder at UT-Austin

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Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

Austin, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- The recent murder of a female undergraduate on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin serves as a tragic reminder that college campuses, though typically safe, do play host to every form of violent crime found throughout the rest of society.

No matter how much we want to believe that universities are safe spaces shielded from the dangers of the “real world,” the truth is that the only thing separating most campuses from the rest of the world is a sidewalk. And as we saw at UT-Austin, that sidewalk can be crossed at any time, without warning.

Anti-campus carry activists who harp on the fact that college campuses are statistically very safe (typically on par with affluent neighborhoods in the same city) presuppose that a holder of a license to carry (LTC) a handgun should only carry a gun in places where violent crime is likely. However, like most reasonable people, LTC holders generally avoid places where violence is likely. They choose to carry handguns in case violence finds them some place where they had no reason to expect it, such as at a movie theater, a restaurant, or even a college campus.

The trained, licensed, carefully screened adults (age 21 and above) who regularly carry concealed handguns in presumably safe locations such as shopping malls, churches, libraries, museums, and even the Texas Capitol are the same ones who'll soon be authorized to carry concealed handguns on Texas college campuses. However, UT-Austin President Gregory Fenves and the university's campus carry policy working group have crafted policies that, in conflict with the intent of the campus carry law passed by the Texas Legislature, will leave LTC holders less able to defend themselves on the University of Texas campus than in most other places throughout the state.

Imagine that you're a 22-year-old woman walking back to your car after studying late at the UT library. As you reach for your car door, a man lunges from the shadows and grabs your other arm. Your adrenaline surges, and your mind goes to the concealed handgun tucked into your waistband. As the man twists your arm and tries to force you to the ground, your free hand grabs the gun. You draw it just as his free hand draws a knife from his pocket. You point the gun at your assailant, squeeze the trigger, and…CLICK. Per UT-Austin's campus carry policy, your gun's chamber is empty. Even if you had an extra second to chamber a round, you'd need both hands free to do so.

Now imagine that you're a female university employee walking through that same garage when a man with a knife steps out in front of you. Your first instinct is to reach for the secret handgun pocket built into the side of your purse, but it's empty. Because you're never sure when your job will require you to visit an office that the occupant has declared “gun-free,” you're seldom able to carry your gun on campus. According to state law, you have the right to carry a concealed handgun on campus, but thanks to university policy, you enjoy that right in name only.

The recent tragedy at UT-Austin should serve as a wakeup call to university administrators who seek to handicap LTC holders on campus.

Antonia Okafor, Southwest regional director for Students for Concealed Carry, commented, “The senselessness of this heinous crime reaffirms that we can't try to predict when and where violence will strike. For that reason, vetted, licensed adults should enjoy the same measure of personal protection on campus that they already enjoy virtually everywhere else.”

Student for Concealed Carry extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the young woman murdered at UT-Austin. In deference to her family's statement that “the last thing she would want is to be the poster child for any cause,” we have refrained from using her name in this release.

About Students for Concealed Carry:

Students for Concealed Carry (SCC) is a national, non-partisan, grassroots organization comprising college students, faculty, staff, and concerned citizens who believe that holders of state-issued concealed handgun licenses should be allowed the same measure of personal protection on college campuses that current laws afford them virtually everywhere else. SCC is not affiliated with the NRA or any other organization. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com.

For more information on SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.com/ConcealedCampus.

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    don
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    The insane policy of requiring a round to not be chambered is easily defeated by carrying a revolver.

    SuperG
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    You have to be careful where you flaunt the law. I can only imagine that if you carried on campus in California, that it would be a felony. You don’t want to go to jail to be among those you were trying to protect yourself from in the first place. Sad that honest and upright Americans are being denied the right to protect themselves, while those striving to disarm them are escorted by armed bodyguards.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    and you just described the biggest reason I have not returned to that sorry state since I left years ago. Parts of it I’d love to live in again… but will NOT subject myself to their nazi rules and regs on firearms… nor the other areas where the psuychotic nannies sucking at the public teat attempt to regulate, control, tax, deny, bury under mountains of jiggery-pokery controls…..

    I even hate passing through that wretched state.

    Tionico
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    Tionico

    and you just described the biggest reason I have not returned to that sorry state since I left years ago. Parts of it I’d love to live in again… but will NOT subject myself to their nazi rules and regs on firearms… nor the other areas where the psuychotic nannies sucking at the public teat attempt to regulate, control, tax, deny, bury under mountains of jiggery-pokery controls…..

    I even hate passing through that wretched state.

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    I carried all the time on campus…. albeit Washington state does not have a law against it. It is up to each individual campus to set administration regulations regarding concealed carry and the most that can happen is administrative punishment (possible removal from school being the worst punishment). 4.5 years of daily carry, limited trusted individuals knew, and never a problem.. administratively or otherwise. I agree with the above posts, keep it concealed and deny if asked. As long as the punishment doesn’t put your carry permit or right to bear arms in jeopardy then personal protection far outweighs any… Read more »

    RT
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    RT

    Who cares what the university’s policy is? If you have a permit, carry and make damned sure it’s concealed. When I lived in Texas it was a misdemeanor to carry without a permit. If it’s still so I’d carry concealed without a permit of I found the situation warranted it. I’d rather go to court than be a victim or worse.

    Bud
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    Just carry. Don’t talk about it, don’t brag about it, don’t advertise it, just carry and be vigilant. No one should know you are carrying but you. If you ever need your weapon it should be a surprise to the perp. And if you should succsessfully defend yourself, better to be suspended or kicked out than loose your life. Police can only arrive after your dead. The school will issue a mournful statement to show how terrible it was. But, in certain situations, only you can protect yourself.

    Don Bailey
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    Don Bailey

    Good words Bud. To add to your comments, not only carry, but also continue to train with your weapon.

    Boz
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    Boz

    Exactly! I carry EVERYwhere. Sign or no sign. My life is more important than your stupid sign.

    Carl
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    Carl

    I lived in Texas for the first 65 years of my life but left when the progressives started to run the show. I might be wrong but UT is a State University and therefore must abide by State Law.
    In my present state I am an enhanced concealed carry card holder and routinely ignore the gun ban signs because the worst thing that can happen is the OWNER can ask me to leave his/her premises or face arrest for criminal trespass which is bondable before LEO can fill out the arrest papers.

    Kevin
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    I agree with you 1000% Bud. I carry everywhere (except for State and Federal facilities), irregardless of posted signs. What they don’t know I have, will only hurt the bad guy, should one show up. I refuse to become a statistic due to the lack of common sense of liberals and progressives.