Texas lawmakers recently enacted “campus carry” for state-run colleges and universities. Critics of SB 11 claim it has more holes than a golf course; schools and universities are free to force gun owners to store their guns at “high risk” facilities (e.g., dormitories), and ban guns entirely from “higher risk” parts of their domain (e.g., hospitals). William McRaven, Chancellor of the University of Texas Systems, recently sent a memo to the 16 Presidents within the system on the new firearms-related regime [click here for a pdf]. The former Navy Admiral and anti-campus carry crusader included this tidbit in his missive, which reveals and reflects his view of the new law . . .
We also know that laboratories at many of our institutions conduct life-saving research dealing with dangerous viruses and other select agents, and these may be places where as a matter of policy we restrict concealed weapons.
Help me out with the thinking here . . .
If these research labs are potential terrorist targets – and I’m thinking they are – why aren’t they protected by on-site armed guards? And if they’re not protected that way – and I’m thinking they’re not – what’s to stop someone with a gun coming into the lab and doing something nefarious? You know; before the campus police can rally to their defense.
Shouldn’t these higher security areas be places where the campus allows — maybe even encourages — concealed carry as a cheap and effective force multiplier/defense against criminal or terrorist attack?