Why I Want a Gun On Campus
By Samantha Cleaver
There was a time when being loaded on the quad meant youd drunk too much mystery punch. But for Students for Concealed Carry on Campus (SCCC), a 24,000-strong group - whose membership spiked after the Virginia Tech massacre and Northern Illinois State shooting - its about the right to carry a gun to class. We asked member Laura Elizabeth Morales of the University of Texas in San Antonio to explain:
Right now, you can bring a gun to the mall but not to school. Having a gun isnt unsafe; not having one is unsafe. Concealed carry is for law-abiding citizens. To get a permit in Texas, you have to submit your mental-health history and go through 10 hours of safety training. As a girl walking from class at night, I dont feel safe with just a knife or pepper spray. Im not sure what Id do if something bad happened, but I dont want to be defenseless. Once we get the law passed, Im going to get my permit and a small Glock that will fit in my purse.