Guns on college campuses… while some say that's the key to keeping students safe others say it's only asking for more violence. State lawmakers took comment on the issue at the capitol Thursday.
Dozens of people showed to address the house committee on homeland security and public safety Thursday. On the agenda, four proposed bills allowing teachers and students to carry concealed handguns on college campuses. The purpose is to prevent school tragedies. Those who have lived through them weighed in.
Claire Wilson-James lost her unborn son when sniper Charles Whitman shot her from the UT tower in 1966.
"I respect the people who were so fervent for their rights, but I just think there needs to be conversation focused on something else like why this is happening and what we can do to help keep people from being killers," James said.
John Woods shares her opinion. He lost his girlfriend in the Virginia Tech shooting.
"I think the better solution is universal background checks, making sure the people who come through the doors can't get the guns," Woods said. "Why don't we have universal background checks, why do we keep having to watch these terrible tragedies like the one in Newtown, Connecticut? Why can't we do more?"
Former Army Sergeant, Howard Ray, locked eyes with Major Nadal Hassan as he sprayed bullets, killing 13 at Ft. Hood.
"I had the opportunity to take the individual down, but I couldn't. Because when I swept back, looked into an empty holster and then I had to make the decision to run," said Ray.
He is now a Texas A&M student and doesn't want to be stuck empty-handed if something like that should happen again.
"As an individual I basically look at it, as far as concealed carry goes, once again I'm disarmed and I'm waiting for the next shooting to happen," Ray said.
They will all have to wait to see what lawmakers will decide. The representatives did not take a vote. They will instead continue to listen to the public.
Lawmakers also took comments on House Bill 700, open carry. Right now you have to hide your weapon. The bill would allow people to openly show they have a gun on them