Texans debate allowing concealed guns on campus

Texas already lets lawmakers bring guns into the Capitol. And the governor sometimes jogs with a loaded pistol. But should people be allowed to carry concealed weapons onto college campuses?

Gun advocates argue that doing so could help put a quick end to threats like the one posed by a University of Texas student who fired several rounds from an assault rifle Tuesday before killing himself.

Under current law, college buildings in Texas are gun-free zones. But that did not stop Colton Tooley from darting along a street near the university’s clock tower Tuesday, shooting off an AK-47. He then entered a library and shot himself. No one else was hurt.

Police had no evidence Tooley was targeting anyone, but there was plenty of discussion Wednesday about how much worse the bloodshed could have been – and how to ensure that scenario never happens.

“There are already guns on campus. All too often they are illegal,” Republican Gov. Rick Perry said. “I want there to be legal guns on campus. I think it makes sense – and all of the data supports – that if law-abiding, well-trained, backgrounded individuals have a weapon, then there will be less crime.”

I agree with Rick Perry 100% on this issue. I’d like to see no place off limits to someone with a license to carry a concealed handgun.

Read the rest of the article at
http://www.observer-reporter.com/OR/StoryAP/09-30-2010-UTGunman

Mako UTA

UTA

UTA (Universal Tactical Attachment) is a user installed, tactical force multiplier: It enables a trooper armed with a long firearm (assault rifle, shotgun or SMG) and a Glock pistol to mount the pistol under the long firearm, thereby creating a unified, tactically enhanced, dual weapon system.
The long firearm should be fitted with a standard Picatinny rail and the slide cover plate of the pistol should be replaced. This minor modification will not affect the functionality of the pistol in any way.

UTA


Not sure I get the point of this, but if you’re in to this sort of thing have a look at the manufacturer’s page at
http://store.a51tactical.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=66_67_79_190&products_id=949

Soldier and wife found dead at Fort Hood

Fort Hood is investigating the death of a soldier and his wife, who were both found dead of apparent gunshot wounds on Sunday in their on-post residence, officials said Tuesday.

Sgt. Michael Timothy Franklin, 31, and Jessie Ann Franklin, had a 6-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, officials said. The children are being cared for by Fort Hood’s child protective services.

Michael Franklin, of Middletown, RI, joined the Army in 2005 as a motor transport operator and deployed to Iraq from October 2006 to January 2008 and again from February 2009 to January 2010.

At the time of his death, he was assigned to 115th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

He received an Army Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one oak leaf cluster and the Army Good Conduct Medal.

Source
http://www.statesman.com/blogs/content/shared-gen/blogs/austin/blotter/entries/2010/09/28/soldier_and_wife_found_dead_at.html

Elderly Woman Shoots 12-Year-Old Boy

Neighbors said an elderly woman was fed up with constant harassment from a 12-year-old boy, so she took a gun and shot the child after he and his friends threw bricks into her home.

Now, the boy is charged with a crime, while the 68-year-old woman is not.

The boy who was shot, along with another boy, 13, are cited in juvenile delinquency petitions with one count each of misdemeanor aggravated assault to a senior citizen, according to police.

Read the rest of the article at
http://cbs2chicago.com/local/elderly.woman.shoots.2.1936778.html


Odds that a 68 year old woman would be able to stand up for herself against headstrong delinquent teenagers on her own are slim. This is another example of a firearm as an equalizer between individuals.