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Texas Community College Carry Activates

Built-in 1-yr. lag-time expires, another infringement falls, everyone survives

Bloody lunacy never materialized with campus carry, colleges unrepentant

Although college officials continue to hate it, campus carry has created no problems. The warnings of doom were once again proven -- proven I say -- to be paranoid delusions:

"...non-bizarre delusions are fixed false beliefs that involve situations that could potentially occur in real life, such as being followed or poisoned (Ed., or shot). Apart from their delusions, people with delusional disorder may continue to socialize and function in a normal manner and their behavior does not necessarily generally seem odd. However, the preoccupation with delusional ideas can be disruptive to their overall lives." --Wikipedia

The Texas Tribune along with many other local media outlets reported the change. Most but not all buildings are open for discreet carry by LTC (formerly CHL) license holders at the state's 72 community colleges. The paper notes, "Depending on whom you ask, the fact that guns may be carried into Performance Hall and buildings like it is either an important assertion of freedom or an affront to the very character of higher education."

One small university had an unintentional discharge and no injury. Aside from that, comments were uniform -- "(other than that) very smoothly and without incident" (Tarleton State U., which had the UD); "Virtually no impact at all" (Texas A&M); "Amazingly quiet' (Texas Tech); "I expected it to be largely uneventful, and those expectations have been pretty much borne out" (Sam Houston State U.). The paper notes, "The uneventful implementation follows the patterns of the seven other states that legalized campus carry before Texas."

A number of professors, acting out on their fears, left Texas, citing the new freedom to carry as their reason. The ability of anyone to go shoot them didn't change, only their perception of danger. The Tribune story is illuminating: https://www.texastribune.org/2017/08/01/campus-carry-one-quiet-year/

A complete description of the law is here: http://www.gunlaws.com/updates.htm New Texas laws for 2017 take effect Sep. 1, we'll have that out soon.

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