University of Texas Homicide Spurs Campus Carry Debate

University of Texas Homicide Spurs Campus Carry Debate

University of Texas Homicide Spurs Campus Carry Debate

Diving into a politically sensitive topic, a group supporting gun rights said Monday that the recent death of a University of Texas freshman showed the folly of limiting the reach of the guns-on-campus law that will go into effect in August.

Students for Concealed Carry said the violent death of Haruka Weiser also was a reminder that college campuses are not immune from violence.

“The senselessness of this heinous crime reaffirms that we can’t try to predict when and where violence will strike. For that reason, vetted, licensed adults should enjoy the same measure of personal protection on campus that they already enjoy virtually everywhere else,” said Antonia Okafor, Southwest regional director for the group.

Critics accused the group of using a tragic situation to present an overly alarmist message.

“Somebody was tragically murdered, and I don’t think this tragedy warrants this conversation and pushing this agenda right now,” said Andrea Brauer, executive director of Texas Gun Sense.

“I know they are adamantly opposed to gun-free zones, but there doesn’t seem to be two-way respect for the majority of people on campus who do not want this law. They have fears, too — fears of having guns in classrooms, of muting classroom discourse” to avoid offending an armed person, Brauer said.

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