TACT, Rep. Joe Moody, & Others Rush To Blame Campus Carry for Texas Tech Shooting

Texas Association Of College Teachers
Texas Association Of College Teachers : It's sad to see these types of misinformed, simple-minded statements coming from elected officials and teachers' associations.
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus
Students for Concealed Carry on Campus

AUSTIN, TEXAS –-(Ammoland.com)- Before the smoke had cleared on Monday's tragic shooting death of a campus police officer at Texas Tech University, opponents of campus carry flooded the Internet with social media posts and press releases blaming Texas' fourteen-month-old law allowing license to carry (LTC) holders to carry concealed handguns on Texas college campuses.

All available evidence suggests that Hollis Daniels, the nineteen-year-old shooting suspect with a history of run-ins with the law, was ineligible to hold a Texas-recognized LTC and was committing a felony by possessing a handgun on the Texas Tech campus. Furthermore, there is no evidence that Texas' campus carry law impeded first responders or otherwise exacerbated this tragedy.

However, despite these facts, groups ranging from the Texas Association of College Teachers (TACT) to the Democratic Party of Texas made statements blaming Texas' campus carry law, and individuals ranging from Texas Representative Joe Moody (D-El Paso) to Salon editor Sophia Tesfaye pointed to the shooting as a failure of campus carry.

As the facts came to light, the statements of blame faded, and Texas Democrats apologized for jumping to conclusions; however, campus carry opponents (most notably TACT) continue to assert that campus carry failed at Texas Tech.

It's sad to see these types of misinformed, simple-minded statements coming from elected officials and teachers' associations. Anybody who thinks the point of Texas’ campus carry law is to create a “civilian militia” to help law enforcement “contain the bad guys” has spent too much time listening to opponents of campus carry and not enough time listening to supporters. Anybody who thinks a level playing field means the good guys will always win doesn’t grasp the concept of a level playing field.

Even a cursory review of Texas' decade-long fight over the legalization of campus carry reveals that supporters didn't promote the policy as some sort of panacea for on-campus violence. Students for Concealed Carry (SCC), the organization that started the campus carry movement and led the fight in Texas, has been crystal clear in asserting that campus carry is about personal protection, not campus protection.

Texas Senate Bill 11 (84th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature) was intended to create consistency in state law by ensuring that the same vetted adults (age 21 and above) who are allowed the means to protect themselves at a movie theater on Friday, at a shopping mall on Saturday, and at a church on Sunday are not denied that right in a college classroom on Monday. It ensures that LTC holders have the same rights in a campus library that they already had in a municipal library. SB 11 ensures that neither state law nor school policy places LTC holders at Texas public colleges at the mercy of any criminal or lunatic willing to disregard state law and school policy.

That's all campus carry was ever intended to do. It wasn't intended to inoculate campuses against violent crime.

SCC Southwest Regional Director Quinn Cox commented, “This shooter's unlawful possession of a gun at Texas Tech demonstrates once again how difficult it is to keep illegally carried guns off college campuses. I'm not sure how any rational person views this crime as an argument against allowing law-abiding citizens the means to protect themselves on campus.”


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.com/ConcealedCampus. For more information on the debate over campus carry in Texas, visit WhyCampusCarry.com or tweet @CampusCarry.

  • 5 thoughts on “TACT, Rep. Joe Moody, & Others Rush To Blame Campus Carry for Texas Tech Shooting

    1. Hey Damnocrats!, an “ILLEGALLY POSESSED FIREARM” you bunch of funzanoons!
      If he had been old enough (21) and had applied for a CCW, he would most probably have been denied simply by his criminal record.
      19 is not old enough to obtain a CCW permit any where!
      All the reports make him sound like just another spoiled sick ass rich kid having had no real moral or healthy parental upbringing. Prosecute the parents too for aiding and abetting.

    2. Outside of a narrow military exception, you have to be 21 to get a license to carry in Texas. Unless he was current or honorably discharged military, the 19 year old perp was ineligible to carry a concealed weapon ANYWHERE, not just on campus. So the campus carry law had nothing whatsoever to do with this incident.. Anyone who asserts otherwise – particularly LEGISLATORS and TEACHERS, who are expected to know what they’re talking about – is a liar, plain and simple. (There are times in debates that the “L” word – LIAR – is appropriate to use. With dishonesty this blatant, this is one of them.)

      1. HankB – and yet the anti groups will STILL claim that all they want are ‘common sense’ and ‘reasonable’ additional gun laws, while exercising neither common sense nor reasonableness. The punk at TTU violated numerous laws, but that obvious FACT continues to elude the hoplophobes.
        Post Las Vegas, some of them have shed their disguises and are calling for flat out Australian style gun confiscation – never mind that the Aussies only managed to ‘buy back’ about a third of the legally owned firearms down under. The ultimate goal of the globalists – of which the antigun crowd serves as useful idiots, is and always has been the disarmament of free Citizens.

    3. A criminal use a bomb to kill people these idiots blame the criminal ( but they still don’t want to punish the criminal ) not the bomb.
      They use a truck to kill people they blame the criminal!
      A criminal use a gun to kill someone they blame the gun!
      The proof is out they are all idiots!!!

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