Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Action Alert: Defeat Campus Carry

I may be too late on this one.  I have been so busy with the minutiae of my daily work/mama life that I did not know this was already up for a hearing until yesterday during the actual committee hearing.  I called all the members of the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and asked them if it was too late to register an opinion and they all said no, so I explained to them all why I hoped they would vote against HB 937, a bill that would allow people to carry handguns on college campuses and that would not allow public universities to opt out of allowing it.  It looks like the bill has not been voted on yet, so please drop everything and call the members of this committee, Mamas.  Right, right now.

Campus carry is a terrible idea, Mamas.  College is a very transitional time for newly minted adults.  Many of them are away from home for the first time and face a difficult adjustment.  Binge drinking is epidemic.  It also coincides with the age range when most organic mental illnesses first present, sadly while young people are sometimes away from home without the support system of their families.  All of these things mix badly with firearms.  The ability of our universities to prohibit fire arms on campus should not be taken away from them.  Your babies may be attending college in the future if not now - you want them to be safe.

Please contact the House Committee on Homeland Security and Public Safety and tell them to vote against HB 937.  It is probably going to pass unless a whole lot of mamas speak up right now.

Chair:Rep. Larry Phillips
Vice Chair:Rep. Poncho Nevárez
Members:Rep. DeWayne Burns

Rep. Tony Dale

Rep. Eric Johnson

Rep. Will Metcalf

Rep. Joe Moody

Rep. Molly S. White

Rep. John Wray.


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