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A&M Student Senate passes personal protection bill

POSTED: Monday, December 3, 2012 - 4:50pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 6, 2012 - 3:51pm

Thanks to the Second Amendment, it's our right to bear arms and it's a right that's always been a hot button issue especially right now on A&M's campus.

It's been a back and forth issue for the past two years at A&M - should students have the right to carry their weapons on them at all times?

Currently the policy allows people with concealed handgun licenses to carry on campus, just not inside buildings, but a bill passed by Student Senate aims to change that rule.

"This is what we're advocating for because we want to make campus safer and not limit people's Second Amendment rights," said Thomas McNutt, Student Senate representative.

However, after a 38-19 vote, Student Body President John Claybrook decided to veto the bill - not because of personal opinion but because he feels it's what the majority of students want.

"With the past two referendums in 2009 and 2011 students voted both times against having concealed carry on campus," Claybrook said.

The Student Senate disagreed though and at last week's meeting, they voted to overturn Claybrook's veto.

In the spring, a group of student senators will go to Austin, lobbying legislatures to mandate that concealed weapons be allowed inside university buildings.

Something student Farhan Siddiqui says would make him feel safer on campus.

"If someone starts shooting it takes a while for the cops to get there so if someone else can stop it then that's a good thing," Siddiqui said.

But Ellen Dnum says it could create more panic, "If the police are there and then there's someone there who's not an officer trying to fire a gun it could just be chaotic and cause a lot of unnecessary drama."

But for now, the discussion will continue.

"People are always going to have a strong opinion one way or the other when it comes to conceal and carry so who knows when the final word will be had on this issue," said Claybrook.

 

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My hat is off to the brave supporters of our second amendment to the US Constitution. Gig 'em! Rev. Dean Kahlich, 1976
. . . WAKE UP AMERICA!

Mr. Claybrook's education in American civics appears to be somewhat lacking.

Fundamental rights are not subject to "democracy". This is a self-evident First Principle of the United States.

Mr. Claybrook's education in American civics appears to be somewhat lacking.

Fundamental rights are not subject to "democracy". This is a self-evident First Principle of the United States.

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