Here is the text of my email to all affected committee members. Write your own or use some of this text:
I urge you to restore language in HB 972 that requires colleges and universities to allow concealed carry.
In every instance, mass murder, grievous bloodshed at the hands of madmen, happen in so-called “gun free zones”.
While individually one or more of you may debate the appropriate age for a young adult to be responsible enough to bear arms, I can attest to the fact that training is the qualifier, not age.
My mom bought me my first firearm just after my seventh birthday. It was a JC Higgins .22 bolt-action rifle that I have owned now over 58 years without ever endangering anyone. A few years ago, it became the property of my youngest son, now 38 years of age.
There are law enforcement officers bearing loaded side arms on or near educational facilities each and every day.
The minimum age for policeman in the City of Dallas is 19½ years, for example. A young Dallas policeman can carry a loaded handgun onto an educational facility and you would feel okay about that.
Texas CHL holders are 21 years of age and older.
I suppose the obvious question is this: Why would you be okay with a 19½ year old policeman or policewoman carrying a loaded weapon onto a campus, but you would object to an older man or woman trained, tested and certified by the State of Texas and at least 21 years of age, a CHL holder, carrying a concealed weapon?
I encourage you to avoid diluting this bill. Let’s use common sense and restore the language.
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Sen. Joan Huffman (R)
Sen. John Carona (R)
Sen. Juan Hinojosa (D)
Sen. Dan Patrick (R)
Sen. José R. Rodríguez (D)
Sen. Charles Schwertner (R)
I included my SD-2 Senator Bob Deuell