Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Archie Bunker's solution to skyjackings to visit Texas campuses

Years ago an "All in the Family" program featured Archie Bunker's solution to airline skyjackers.  It went something like this:  "Sure dare, Meathead, yous pass out the 45s as people get on da plane and yous solve your problem!" 

Apparently the Texas legislature agrees.  They seem to be adopting the same logic as Bunker in regard to the campuses of Texas colleges and universities.  I couldn't believe this report that appeared in The Dallas Morning News on Monday, February 21, 2011. 

Have we simply lost our minds? 

Read it and tell me what you think.

Legislation to allow concealed handguns on Texas campuses worries Dallas-area students

Staff Writers
Published 21 February 2011 01:30 PM

Supporters of legislation that would allow students and faculty to carry concealed handguns at colleges and universities in Texas say their goal is to make campuses safer.

But some of the Dallas-area students they hope to protect say they’d feel less secure knowing their peers might be armed.

“If the gun was out there, I would feel uneasy,” said Russell Ansley, a junior at the University of Texas at Dallas. “It could create an atmosphere of hostility.”

Phil Montgomery, a junior at the University of North Texas, said he’d rather see more security officers than ask students to pitch in.

“I don't feel I should have to take a gun in order to be safe at school,” he said. “Having an officer or two in a building would be more beneficial than having any kid that wanted to bring their own weapons to school.”

The bill has broad support in the Legislature but faces several hurdles before becoming law. Neither the House nor Senate has considered the measure. Texas would be the second state, after Utah, to pass such a broad-based law.

The measure’s proponents say it could help prevent campus gun violence, such as the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, Northern Illinois in 2008 and UT-Austin just last year.

Click here to read entire report. 


Matthew said...

Yes, our minds have clearly been lost. Or at least the minds in the ledge. This is worse than a bad idea.

rcorum said...

This goes beyond the loss of one's mind. Why not stop at handguns? Let's pass out AK-47s to all incoming Freshmen?

Anonymous said...

What would stop a deranged student from bringing a handgun to class now? If no law-abiding students are armed, it would be like shooting fish in a barrel, would it not?

If a couple of students at Virginia Tech had been armed (and knew how to use their weapons), don't you think the killer could have been stopped?

I don't understand the logic in opposing this.

belinda said...

yes, you're correct - it's ridiculous. actually it may even be ludicrous.

James said...

Full disclosure: I'm a gun owner, have been shooting since I was 12. I believe in the value of the 2nd Ammendment, and think the laws where I now live (NY) are way too restrictive (I'm a Texan, by the way).

That out of the way...this is nuts, plain and simple.

Anonymous said...

Laws are obeyed by the lawful. The unlawful have their own ways.
Allowing concealed carry bestows added protection for the lawful.

Anonymous said...

"How a politician stands on the Second Amendment tells you how he or she views you as an individual... as a trustworthy and productive citizen, or as part of an unruly crowd that needs to be lorded over, controlled, supervised, and taken care of." -- Representative Suzanna Gratia Hupp (TX)

Anonymous said...

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity." -- Sigmund Freud

Anonymous said...

"If those states which did not have right-to-carry concealed gun provisions had adopted them in 1992, approximately 1,570 murders; 4,177 rapes; and over 60,000 aggravate assaults would have been avoided yearly." -- Professor John Lott, http://deepwaterweb.com/gunstudy.htm

Anonymous said...

A system of licensing and registration is the perfect device to deny gun ownership to the bourgeoisie." -- Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Anonymous said...

There were several concealed handguns in the crowd at the Arizona supermarket when Congresswoman Gifford was shot and 3 killed. No one actually pulled out their gun with any effect. They hit the ground and covered their heads along with everyone else. The gunman was tackled, not shot. Simply arming some random people in a crowd does not enhance safety.

Anonymous said...

Anon 5:04: Not wanting everyone armed in public is not the same as fearing guns. I own guns, but I don't want a bunch of yahoos packing everywhere I go. But way to take Freud out of context!

Anon 5:08: This quote is listed in a Lenin quote site as "questionable." It does not appear in the source usually cited. Sounds more likely to be an NRA quote to me.

Anonymous said...

In 2004, the National Academy of Sciences conducted a review of current research and data on firearms and violent crime, including Lott's work, and found that "there is no credible evidence that 'right-to-carry' laws, which allow qualified adults to carry concealed handguns, either decrease or increase violent crime."

Another commentator said: "We conclude that Lott and Mustard have made an important scholarly contribution in establishing that these laws have not led to the massive bloodbath of death and injury that some of their opponents feared. On the other hand, we find that the statistical evidence that these laws have reduced crime is limited, sporadic, and extraordinarily fragile."

Anonymous said...

"A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."

This is not a statement that appears in any of Freud's works. Rather, it is a loose paraphrase of a commentator on Freud published in 1958, some 20 years after Freud's death.

Anonymous said...

Anon 7:21- do you mean that you would not use a weapon for self defense?

Anonymous said...

A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity."
10th Lecture of Freud's "General Introduction to Psychoanalysis"

Anonymous said...

National Academy of Sciences - another leftist controlled group headed by greenies, and other climate control (formerly "global warming")politicos.
It certainly follows that they are anti Second Amendment.Using the "climate control data" as an example, I wouldn't do any banking with them.

Anonymous said...

anon 7:27 Yor ownership of "guns" is noted. Didn't you also state that you owned a firearms earlier in this blog in the guise of LJ?

rcorum said...

Larry, good for you. You let the Anons back in the fold and look how interesting things have already gotten. I think one of the best comments made was the one concerning the reaction to the Gifford shooting. Having a permit to carry is not the same thing as having a group of trained police officers. I just don't think our college campuses will be safer with a bunch of kids with 45s hidden in their pants or purses.

Anonymous said...

Anon 8:19 - I would like to think I would have the presence of mind to use any weapon I might have in defense of self and others. But the truth is that carrying a gun and tough talk does not translate into action for most people. They hit the ground and cover their heads like everyone else when someone else fires first.

Anon 8:48 - Anon 7:21 (me) and "James" are not the same, and I do not think "James" is LJ.

Larry James said...

RC, thanks. I don't mind the anons in here, but I have to admit it troubles me that folks don't sign their names.

Anonymous said...

Terrorists and other killers love unarmed and defenseless victims.
Never forget Virginia Tech is a GUN-FREE ZONE, yet that didn't stop the mad man from bringing a gun and shooting dozens of helpless victims. Making innocent people defenseless will never help innocent people it just makes them easy targets.