It was one of the most horrific scenarios that happened lately and now, this is the talk of debate over the new law in Texas that allows concealed handguns on college campuses — the attacker had a knife and started slashing his way through the crowd of students who were stricken with fear.
There may be a new law in place, but surprisingly, no one – student or professor alike – drew a gun to stop the man from his violent antics. Not a single bullet was fired, nor was a single gun drawn to help thwart the criminal act until the police arrived to subdue the suspect at the University of Texas. One ended up getting killed while other three more have been wounded by the 21-year old man with a knife. Reports say that the attacker has a history of mental health problems.
Some are now saying that this is a test for the campus carry law in Texas, but both gun rights and gun control activists are now arguing whether guns should or should not belong in college campuses.
Susan Schorn who is a writing instructor at the University of Texas and has been involved in Gun-Free UT group says that if firearms were present during this event, the results would have been far more disastrous.
C.J. Grisham, the founder of Open Carry Texas, disagrees with Schorn. He says the campus carry law is still considered too restrictive. He says that if there were more students who were allowed to carry weapons, they would have been able to stop the attacker sooner even if no one actually fired a gun.
According to Grisham, just by showing your handgun, you are already given the ability to stop aggression. He also says that many of the gun owners that he know buy a gun not so that they could shoot somebody, but because they want to protect themselves.
Meanwhile, Kendrez White, the attacker, told police that he did not remember the attack.