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Texas Tech Police Confirm Campus Carry Keeps School Safer

Texas Tech Police Confirm Campus Carry Keeps School Safer
One look at their longtime “Raider Red” mascot tells us we’re not dealing with typical academic anti-gun attitudes. (Texas Tech University/Facebook photos)

“Campus carry has been law in Texas for two years now, and Texas Tech police say the law makes the university a safer place,” KAMC News reports. “They say the policy even deters potential active shooters from attempting a mass shooting situation.”

Advocates for gun owner rights as well as experience from truly forward-thinking colleges that do not ban possessing the means of defense could have told them that. Still, it’s nice to see such admissions coming from the campus cops, especially with all the anti-gun hysteria and artificially ginned-up ridicule against the idea of a “good guy with a gun.”

In the past, we’ve seen those opposed to the idea, but unable to come up with objections that are actually credible, resort to insults and dismissive stereotypes to discourage the practice. We’ve seen anti-gun “academics” presuming their hoplophobic neuroses to trump state law as well as the “Supreme” one. And when that doesn’t work, we’ve seen the more rabidly anti-gun break the rules and take matters into their own hands to impose their demand for defenselessness.

Just like we’ve seen with all the gun-grabbers screaming about the never-materializing “Dodge City over fender-benders” whenever and wherever concealed carry has been advanced, the remarkably peaceable nature of campus carriers should come as no surprise. Nor would the benefits of an armed college student body have surprised anyone from a generation earlier, as the response to a notorious (and rare!) “school shooting” of that era demonstrated.

Many readers will recall Charles Whitman, the sniper who started shooting from atop the University of Texas Tower in 1966. Students went and got their guns and kept the killer pinned until authorities could take him out—their actions saved many lives that day and showed the value of an impromptu “militia” of free people demonstrating why an armed citizenry acting in concert is “necessary to the security of a free State.”

In a rare display of journalistic balance, The Washington Post quoted some alternative views in its 50th anniversary retrospective.

“The upshot of the Whitman story is that these armed students and citizens kept human carnage to a minimum,” David Codrea, a prominent gun rights advocate, wrote last year in a post on “Guns preserved the peace and kept people safe.”

It’s great to see what we all know and adovcate for echoed by the Texas Tech Police. I’ve long been critical of oath-breaking anti-your gun cops that I call “Only Ones.” So we should remember to appreciate and encourage the ones who get it and who treat us as countrymen instead of as automatic threats and suspects.


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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (, and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.