Several youth groups, including those formed by students at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, have started to rally in different locations across the country in an effort to stress the importance of gun control. A group called Teens for Gun Reform, which was organized by students through Facebook staged [more]
The FBI has recently released the official FBI NICS Background Check data for January 2018 and it looks like the country's gun sales are continuing its steady decline. According to the recently published data, estimated firearms sales last month fell by 8 percent. Dealers across the country managed to process [more]
The Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly sent a request for agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives to retrieve more than 4,000 firearms that were purchased last year. The guns to be confiscated are from owners who should have been prohibited from acquiring them in the [more]
The United States Air Force has announced that it has already launched an investigation to find out why the criminal records for Devin Patrick Kelly, the shooter who killed 26 church-goers in Sutherland Springs, weren't forwarded to the FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System. According to application forms acquired [more]
Sutherland Springs, Texas - A lone gunman opened fire inside a church during service in a small town in Texas killing at least 26 people and injuring 20 others. The gunman was later identified as 26-year old Devin Patrick Kelley, a former member of the US Air Force. Kelley had [more]
Gun-related shooting incidents have historically caused sudden spikes in firearm sales. The latest incident in Las Vegas, which has been described to be one of the deadliest in the country's history, seems to follow the morbid trend as citizens flock to gun stores to stockpile firearms in case of a [more]
The first day of August saw a particularly controversial law taking effect in the state of Texas and coincidentally on the same day as the 50th anniversary of the infamous University of Texas massacre or the “Clock Tower Massacre” as it was being famously referred to. The brand new law now allows students who are 21 or over to carry a concealed firearm within campus grounds.
Students who wish to take advantage of the law only need to get a concealed handgun permit which will give them the permission to carry their firearms into classrooms and other school facilities. The passing of the law now makes Texas one of ten other states that allows students to carry guns into school buildings. Although several of the state’s laws do vary, with some states only allowing faculty members.
Supporters of the law have claimed that it was “critical” to allow students to carry firearms in order to protect them against any further mass murders. Some have claimed that the 1966 murder of 14 people carried out by former Marine Charles Whitman might have been prevented if students of the University were armed.
However, several other higher education officials expressed their concern over the law as it might actually discourage other students from attending the university. Three University of Texas professors had also filed a joint lawsuit in Federal Court in order to block the law, stating that the law itself inhibits them from having discussions in their classrooms due to the intimidating atmosphere that it creates. They further stated that armed students will also suppress the open exchange of ideas as well as curb free speech.
Private schools and two year community colleges are currently excluded from the law, but they will also soon be a part of it as the law is set to be amended next year.