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Should Texas Students Have Guns in Class?

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The battle over gun control now turns to Texas, where the state senate is expected to pass a bill that would allow students at the state's public universities to bring concealed guns into class.

There has been a clamor by gun advocates nationwide to allow firearms on campus ever since the Virginia Tech shooting in 2007 left 32 people dead. However, since then 23 states have rejected similar bills.

The bill in Texas is expected to make it through. Republican state Senator Jeff Wentworth, who introduced it, called in "a matter of self-defense," adding, "I don't ever want to see repeated on a Texas college campus what happened at Virginia Tech, where some deranged, suicidal madman goes into a building and is able to pick off totally defenseless kids like sitting ducks."

But Colin Goddard, who was wounded during the Virginia Tech shooting, said allowing weapons on campus is not the answer.

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"People tell me that if they would have been there, they would have shot that guy. That offends me," said Goddard, who is now the assistant director of federal legislation for the Brady Campaign.

"People want to be the hero, I understand that. They play video games and they think they understand the reality. It's nothing like that," he said.

Utah is currently the only state to allow guns in universities. A Colorado law allows each college to make its own choice.