Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry weapons on campus and in classrooms.
"This is about self-defense," said San Antonio Republican Senator Jeff Wentworth, the legislation's sponsor. "It's about protecting lives of students who are totally vulnerable and defenseless and able to be picked off by a deranged shooter, as was the case in Virginia."
Wentworth was referring to the 2007 massacre at Virginia Tech when student Seung-Hui Cho shot and killed 32 people. It was the deadliest school shooting in U.S. history. The second-deadliest happened in 1966 at the University of Texas, where Charles Whitman killed 16 and wounded 31.
Not everybody thinks this is a good idea, including Colin Goddard, a Virginia Tech student who was shot four times by Cho but survived. He's currently visiting campuses in the Lone Star State and urging lawmakers to say no.
If Texas approves the law, it would become the second state, after Utah, to pass such a law. Eight other states — Arizona, Tennessee, Michigan, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Florida, Nebraska and Mississippi — reportedly are considering "campus carry" legislation.