“Campus carry could hurt Texas universities’ ability to recruit and retain quality faculty, and could drive up tuition, University of Texas System Chancellor William McRaven said in a letter sent to state representatives a day before the legislation hits the House floor for debate,” chron.com reports. Could. How many times have we heard gun rights opponents Chicken Little legislation seeking to restore Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms? Every time. This time, the UT jefe wants lawmakers to believe that “allowing” campus carry would discourage qualified teaching candidates from applying for employment within the system. In fact . . .
that’s a good thing not a bad thing. Any aspiring educator who can’t understand the words “shall not be infringed” in the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution should not be entrusted with our children’s education. And that’s all I’ve got to say on that front.
In his letter, McRaven also reiterated concerns about the cost of implementing the legislation, which the Chronicle reported could cost the state’s public universities more than $47 million over six years to update security systems, build gun storage facilities and bolster campus police units.
Another could! It could also cost $50m! $60m! Or $150. I mean, what updates to the campus’ security systems are required exactly? Gun storage facilities? The Providence Police Department offers visitors the same tiny lockers you’ll find at a public ice skating rink – with no supervision whatsoever. Bolstering campus police units? Yeah, that doesn’t sound like make-work for boys to me. Much.
Anyway, SB11 has passed the Texas State Senate. If it passes the House on Tuesday it goes to Governor Abbott for his John Hancock.
Meanwhile, in case you missed the pic above, McRaven’s “best known for leading the raid that killed Osama bin Laden during his tenure as the head of U.S. Special Operations Command”? Amazing how someone can go from a warrior to a worrier in such a short time. [h/t James]