Harmful tactics, inexperienced activists and conflicting personal interests
The 2015 Texas Legislative Session saw the NRA and TSRA pass an open-carry bill (HB910) on the first attempt made by these organizations. (Click here for an article setting out the history of open-carry, prior to the NRA/TSRA success in passing HB910.) HB910 allows Texans holding a License to Carry a Handgun (LTC) (formerly a Texas Concealed Handgun License) to carry their self-defense handguns in a belt or shoulder holster, with some exceptions not relevant to this article.
Do not let dangerous training get innocent people killed and officers sued.
One of the best known training programs for responding to an “active shooter” was developed by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Center (ALERRT) at Texas State University. Undoubtedly, this program is needed and it is credited as playing a part in changing the mindset as to whether first-responding officers should enter a school building or wait for backup. The University and Dr. Pete Blair are to be credited for developing this program for Texas law enforcement officers. That said, there is reason to be concerned, very concerned.
Texans are watching to see if colleges follow the letter and spirit of the new campus-carry law.
Yet another so-called “Gun Free Zone” a/k/a “Defenseless Victim Zone” drove home the lesson that criminals by definition do not obey the law. Anyone who claims that a “no guns” sign will prevent a murderer from entering the location to take innocent lives is either a liar or so mentally unstable as to be incapable of handling their own affairs.