Police at Texas Tech are praising campus carry approximately two years after the law has gone into effect, saying that it makes the university a “safer place.”
“I believe it makes the campus a safer place, to live, learn and educate,” Amy Ivey, a lieutenant at the Texas Tech Police Department, told KAMC News.
Specifically, Ivey believes that they are no longer a soft target.
“I like to think we’re no longer a targeting opportunity for any such event, such as active shooter, because they know if they come on campus, there could be a potential for an individual to be able to stop the active shooting,” Ivey continued.
While campus carry is one part of the equation to creating a safer learning environment, another part is training personnel on how to respond to an active shooter event. Something that Tech has also been working on.
“We actually do a hands-on part where we barricade doors, we show you how to go hands-on with weapons, how to defend yourself and also a truncated training on how to stop the bleed, so that way, all of our faculty, staff and students are prepared if an event does happen here on campus,” Ivey explained.
This common-sense approach to school safety was embraced by Tech student Cody Wheeler.
“I do feel safe knowing that there are people that will act upon,” said Wheeler. “If they have their concealed carry, and they see something going, they’ll feel the need to go step in.”
Not all students support allowing law-abiding and licensed concealed carriers to protect themselves at Tech, however. Cocks Not Glocks, an anti-campus carry organization, made headlines by passing out dildos to fellow students in protest of the law when it officially rolled out on Aug. 1, 2016.
GunsAmerica reached out to Cocks Not Glocks for comment. We’re awaiting a response. We were curious to see what these ladies had to say now that campus carry has been on the books for two years. Have they changed their tune now that law enforcement has embraced it? Or are they still opposed to hardening schools against crazed murderers?
In the meantime, for more information on what you need to know to carry on campus in the Lone Star State, check out this GunsAmerica article: “Texas Begins First Day of Campus Carry, Here’s What You Need to Know.”