We can now report with some gratification that Texas, Georgia, and Kansas all seem to be none-the-worse-for-wear in the aftermath of implementing new “campus carry” policies at their public universities.
All three states saw much hemming and hawing as the debate raged in their legislatures and politicians tried to figure out if law abiding citizens that could be trusted with guns off-campus could be trusted with them on-campus. Finally, in these three states, the legislators said… it makes no sense to ban law abiding citizens from carrying firearms simply because they’re at school. All three states now allow concealed carry permit holders to carry on campus, and all three states are now reporting that…
Texas’s Campus Carry law went into effect on August 1, 2016. The University of Texas at Austin was a hotbed of opposition to the law, but in July the Austin American Statesman reported that the new policy has posed “no problems so far at UT-Austin.” Recalling the gun control fanaticism at UT, the article elaborated, “Opponents of Senate Bill 11 feared there would be a rise in gun-related violence at the campus. But as the one-year anniversary approaches, those concerns have been unfounded.”
In the first year, the only police-involved incident at UT related to the new law occurred when an individual alerted law enforcement to someone carrying in a university library. The “armed” person turned out to be a graduate student posing for a picture to appear in a New York Times article…
On July 1, Kansas and Georgia joined the ranks of states recognizing the Right-to-Carry on public college and university campuses. A month into the new school year, Kansas State University’s student newspaper, the Collegian, reported that Campus Carry was going smoothly. Citing an interview with Bradli Millington of the K-State Police Department, the paper noted that there had been “no incidents reported regarding the new policy” at K-State.
As for Georgia, earlier this month, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that there were “no problems as school opens,” and that, “state officials say no one has been charged with carrying a gun in a prohibited area.”
If you’re keeping score that’s literally ZERO instances of a law abiding citizen running afoul of the law in any of the three states.
Of course, if you were a 2nd Amendment supporter you probably already knew that concealed carry permit holders commit fewer crimes than any segment of society. In fact, several studies done in recent years even found that concealed carry permit holders were more law abiding than America’s police officers!
The data revealed that from 2005 to 2007, “there were 103 crimes per 100,000 police officers,” while the U.S. population’s crime rate is 37 times that number.
Permit holders are convicted of felonies and misdemeanors at less than a sixth of the rate of police officers, according to the study. Officers also commit firearm violations, 16.5 per 100,000, seven times more frequently than permit holders, at only 2.4 per 100,000 in Texas and Florida.
The report also shows that crime declined in states that do not require permits to carry. It reads, “Indeed, the murder rate was 31 percent lower in the states not requiring permits. The violent crime rate was 28 percent lower.” Currently, several groups, such as Everytown for Gun Safety and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, are targeting concealed-carry laws as a part of broader gun control measures.
So, no. It’s not surprising to us that Texas, Georgia, and Kansas haven’t experienced any new problems from their campus carry legislation. It surprises us that the left is still surprised after all these years of evidence to prove that they can trust law abiding citizens who just want to protect themselves, their families, and their homes.