Guns on Campus? Texas Legislator Files Bill Letting Schools Offer Gun-Training Courses to Kids During School Day

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While other states debate whether or not to allow armed guards in schools, one Texas legislator has decided to shift the discussion with a novel, untested idea. Rep. James White, representing an area around Hillister, has recently put forth a bill that, instead of placing weaponry in the hands of adults, would allow public high school students to handle firearms during school hours.

White's bill, H.B. 1142, is two-fold. Under his bill, Texas public high schools would begin offering lessons centered on the "importance" of the Second Amendment, informing students as to their constitutional rights and the history therein. Furthermore, and more importantly, schools would be able to hire licensed trainers and police officers to offer electives centered on the maintenance and usage of firearms.

Though it remains unclear as to whether these electives would take place on- or off-campus, supporters show little qualms about the process of training these teenagers in both historical context and proper practice.

"We are each our own militia -- we are," said Alice Tripp, legislative director for the Texas State Rifle Association. "If I'm personally protected, I'm one less person law enforcement has to worry about -- they weren't hired to be my personal protection. ... The more education, the more background you have, the more appreciation you'll have, and the safer someone's bound to be."

Indeed, while the thought of guns anywhere near campus may result in knee-jerk response from certain demographics, this expansion of what instruction schools may offer seems to have struck a chord with observers and legislators alike. The bill, framed as it currently is, appears to remain educational and preparatory in nature. It focuses merely on training and information. And who would stand in the way of teaching students on a perfectly legal, and entirely relevant, matter?

"Heck yeah, man -- I'm all warm and fuzzy [hearing about this bill]. It cuts to the marrow of my bone and back out, and I support it with every fiber of my being," Brian Mobley, a Concealed Handgun License instructor at Arms Room in League City, said. "Firearms are necessary. ... I'd invite Obama to ask [his] security detail to walk outside and set their firearms in a pile -- they're evil, let's put them away. And I'd ask what his life span's going to be. They won't finish setting down all his guns before [something happened]."

Furthermore, according to supporters, such constitutional background would better aid the children in modern analysis -- the students will thus be able to frame current discourse with a more nuanced version of precedent.

"It's a history course!" Tripp said. "We know that we were all taught at some place in life to stand for the national anthem, to take our hat off. ... We were also taught where it all came from, which helps us appreciate what's going on now."

Kids, Mobley notes, will inevitably be exposed to firearms -- especially the pistols, rifles, and shotguns specified within White's bill. Plus, as both he and Tripp said, schools offer dangerous activities already. "We have football, don't we?" Tripp asked. "Football's probably a lot more risky. And we have Driver's Ed. ... Education is a safety tool unto itself."


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17 comments
Jim Costello
Jim Costello

That may be a dramatic leap. Seems now that Period 7 is taken up with kids taking cell phone vids of fights and other debauchery.

Jim Costello
Jim Costello

I'm a parent and my 4th grader already knows more about gun safety than his school will ever teach. I'm not knocking schools, this bill, or anyone rights to be for or against gun control.. I'm responsible for raising my child and supplementing the education that he recieves from school.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

@Andrew - only problem with your argument is this: cars aren't DESIGNED to kill or injure. Guns are.

Andrew Hernandez
Andrew Hernandez

Cars kill people everyday, more than guns do; Yet we go out of our way to send kids to drivers ed. Teach kids how to operate a tool safely and it lessens the risk of injury.

Becci Himes
Becci Himes

Yet another reason to home school (home-educate) in this state.

eudemonist
eudemonist

Heh, "nutters".   Everybody drink!

Edward Reyna
Edward Reyna

It's not like schools don't already teach my kids things that I prefer they didn't.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

Might as well teach them how to build bombs while they're at it, too.

Jacob Bocanegra
Jacob Bocanegra

They already know a about guns. Ever hear of Call Of Duty!!??

Jimi Austin
Jimi Austin

Just like with sex ed, its better to be educated than to find out things on your own.

Anse
Anse

They want to compare this to driver education? Okay. Let me offer this compromise: I'll fully support firearms training IF students are working toward a license that allows them to own a firearm. Unfortunately this is not a step the NRA nutters will accept.

I envision a future America in which all of this escalating militarization comes back to bite us in the ass. It's not really the gun orgy that is America that bothers me. It's the increasing de-legitimizing of law enforcement that bothers me most. If you don't have effective law enforcement no amount of gun control or lack of gun control will matter. Mexico is not a mess because of gun control; Mexico is a mess because their cops and their government is corrupt. Japan is not good at gun control because it is an inherently effective method; Japan is good at gun control because their people are law-abiding and their cops do their jobs.

The real danger of the gun lobby's position is not whether or not we have guns. It's in their implicit message about government: that it doesn't work, that it can't work. That is not a mindset that is going to end well.

Anse
Anse

@Andrew Hernandez I could agree with this. Maybe. So what you're proposing is we issue licenses to people so they can own weapons, and we deny licenses to people who can't pass the test, so only people who have licenses will be allowed to own weapons. It's a system I could get behind.

H_e_x
H_e_x

@Andrew Hernandez What are cars made to do? What are guns made to do? Finally, what is a false equivalency?

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