AUSTIN, Texas -(Ammoland.com)- On Tuesday, December 6, Texas A&M University did its best to address the type of dilemma occasionally experienced by public institutions in free nations—the university allowed a notorious white nationalist to speak on campus, while making clear that neither the administration nor the student body endorses the speaker’s views.
This event, which inspired both a university-sponsored alternative event and multiple protests, is notable for not only the university’s thoughtful, measured response but also for the fact that it serves as further evidence that Texas’ campus carry law has in no way impeded the exercise of First Amendment rights at the state’s public universities.
This isn’t the first time a Texas university has seen a heated protest since the implementation of SB 11, and it certainly won’t be the last.
SCC Southwest Regional Director Brian Bensimon commented, “Seeing this many members of a university community stand up against hate and the people who spread it reaffirms that the First Amendment is alive and well at Texas universities. This is exactly what we’ve seen in other states that allow campus carry and exactly what Students for Concealed Carry long predicted would be the outcome in the Lone Star State.”
“A Refresher on the Case for Campus Carry in Texas”: http://concealedcampus.org/2016/05/a-refresher-on-the-case-for-campus-carry-in-texas/
SCC’s Oct. 2, 2015 – Nov. 29, 2016, Texas press releases and op-eds: https://www.scribd.com/document/319141232/Texas-Students-for-Concealed-Carry-Campus-Carry-Press-Releases-Op-Eds-Oct-2-2015-Nov-29-2016
SCC’s 2015 Texas legislative handout (includes Dec. 9 – May 22, 2015, press releases and op-eds): https://www.scribd.com/document/255815743/SCC-s-2015-Texas-Legislative-Handout
All SCC statements regarding the campus carry policies proposed by UT-Austin: https://www.scribd.com/document/317821607/Texas-Students-for-Concealed-Carry-Press-Releases-Regarding-UT-Austin-s-Campus-Carry-Policies
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 SCC, visit ConcealedCampus.org or Facebook.
For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit their website.