Austin, TX -(AmmoLand.com)- The same newspaper responsible for uncritically parroting the since- discredited claim that campus carry would cost two Texas university systems upward of $50 million dollars over six years has now falsely reported, “Texas university sees first injury after enacting campus carry law.”
Three lines into the article, Barrouquere clearly states, “University officials reported ‘minimal’ damage to the building and no injuries [emphasis added],” but that didn’t stop whoever wrote the headline from prioritizing clicks over facts.
In an era in which many people get their news from social media, a high percentage of the population never reads beyond an article’s headline. Even if the article itself is accurate, a bogus headline can take on a life of its own.
Last spring, Students for Concealed Carry was inundated with hostile tweets and Facebook messages from people incensed that SCC would claim that campus carry could have saved the UT-Austin freshman who was murdered on campus on April 3. However, SCC never said any such thing. The source of that claim is a Newsweek headline falsely proclaiming, “Campus Carry Advocates Suggest Gun Might Have Prevented University of Texas Murder.”
Although SCC never stated or insinuated that campus carry might have made a difference in that particular crime, the headline was just too enticing for a struggling online news magazine to pass up. And even though the journalist who wrote the story updated the text of the article to clarify that SCC never made any such claim, the clickbaity headline remains.
SCC’s leaders work long, hard hours, without pay, to make the case for campus carry. Those hours shouldn’t be made longer and harder simply because print news outlets need to boost their online ad revenue.
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.