Republished with permission from gunfreeut.org:
1. Campus Carry won’t have much impact because CHL holders must be over 21 and few such students live on campus. WRONG:
- Over 5000 people within a 5 mile radius of UT-Austin’s campus have CHLs
- Reciprocal laws will allow thousands more people with licenses from other states to enter our place of work and learning and our students’ on-campus homes.
2. Campus Carry will allow people to protect themselves from criminals. WRONG:
- Guns prove to be no more effective at protecting people from crime than other weapons and less effective than running and hiding or calling the police.
3. Gun Free zones attract criminals with guns. WRONG:
- Mass shootings on & around college campuses are horrific and scary, but they are rare.
- College campuses are among the safest places in Texas and the US.
- Mass shooters do not choose their targets because they are in Gun Free zones
4. Good Guys with guns can stop Bad Guys with guns. WRONG:
- The FBI found only 1 of 160 active shooter incidents between 2000-2014 was stopped by a CHL holder, and he was a Marine; 21 incidents were stopped by UNARMED civilians
- In several cases when CHL holders have attempted to intervene, they have been killed, injured, or nearly shot the wrong person.
- Security experts with extensive training don’t trust CHL holders to be effective in a crisis
- Simulations prove the security experts’ point.
5. Women with guns can better protect themselves against sexual violence. WRONG:
- A study of FBI and Clery Act data shows that sexual violence has increased on campuses where Concealed Carry has been implemented
- Most campus sexual assault occurs between acquaintances, where the victim would be unlikely to use a gun
- Allowing guns on campus will arm the perpetrators of sexual violence
6. Trust CHL holders: they are law-abiding citizens. HOW DO WE KNOW?
- The NRA has blocked the study of crime rates by CHL holders and other gun-violence related claims.
- Information on arrests of concealed carriers is shielded by law in most states.
- Conviction rates are unreliable, because CHL holders tend to escape prosecution
- Some people feel safer with guns. That feeling of safety is based on false information.
- Many people in our community –students, staff, and faculty — feel threatened by Campus Carry.
- devaluing of African American life in the US makes many people in UT Austin’s Black community feel especially threatened.
- The majority of the UT Austin community opposes Campus Carry.
- This law is being imposed on us by legislators using faulty arguments in order to disrupt our community, our students’ homes, our work places and our university way of life.
SB11 supposedly gives college presidents the ability to decide where guns are allowed.
President Fenves should protect all of us by making all campus buildings off limits and the legislature should respect that decision.
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