Patterson and Rodriguez talk 'campus carry' at UT

Patterson and Rodriguez talk 'campus carry' at UT

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This weekend, the Texas Tribune Festival brought lawmakers and those interested in the issues of our day to the UT campus.

Topics like health care, climate change, education and guns are being discussed at the festival.

One session called "The fight over guns" featured a bi-partisan panel.

Among the group, Land Commissioner and candidate for Lt. Governor -- Jerry Patterson -- an avid second amendment supporter who usually carries a gun in his boot.

Since he was on the UT campus, he said he replaced the gun with a copy of the Constitution.

Also on the panel, Democratic Senator Jose Rodriguez from El Paso.

He says we all have a right as a society to protect ourselves from people who are carrying guns...whether they are criminals or lawfully carrying individuals who end up "mis-using" the gun in a split second.

The two have very different views on campus carry.

"I think it's more reasonable to regulate the ability to carry guns on campus because more guns and proliferation of guns in a campus setting, whether it's at the University level or at the high school level...it just exposes people to more danger," Rodriguez said.

"You can carry on campus today.  You just can't carry in a building.  And it's a bizarre thought to think that someone who is intent on doing harm to others is going to be deterred by a law that says you can't carry in a building on a campus," Patterson said.

The Texas Tribune Festival continues Sunday morning with a "one on one" with State Senator Wendy Davis.

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