Published: Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 23:10
The Oct. 23 op-ed “Scope Adjustment” by Robbie Cimmino misrepresents the “Texas A&M Personal Protection” bill, which, if passed by Student Senate, would formally request that licensed concealed carry (of handguns) be allowed inside campus buildings.
Cimmino incorrectly claims the bill would allow concealed carry at Kyle Field. While universities can wave Penal Code 46.03(a)(1), which bans firearms on the premises of educational institutions, they cannot wave PC 46.035(b)(2), which prohibits concealed carry at collegiate sporting events. This means, nothing in the proposed bill would change game day restrictions at Kyle Field.
Cimmino concludes by quoting a Supreme Court ruling on the Second Amendment. This straw man argument conveniently sidesteps the fact that the case for "campus carry," as made by Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, SCC, neither claims a Constitutional right nor utilizes Second Amendment arguments.
SCC simply asserts that campus carry is supported by the available evidence and is consistent with other laws regulating concealed carry. Why should a license holder be allowed the means to protect herself at a movie theater on Friday, at a mall on Saturday, and at a church on Sunday, but not in a lecture hall on Monday?