UTB students speak about 'guns on campus' bill

People who walk onto the University of Texas at Brownsville/Texas Southmost College grounds are greeted by a sign posted on the doors which states that weapons are prohibited on campus.

However, if proposed House Bill 750 is signed into law the sign will need to be removed or at least changed.

That is because the proposed bill would allow those with handgun permits to carry their weapon on campus.

"People do really dumb things when they have the opportunity to, student Mark Trevio said. I think if we allow weapons then petty, small grudges can turn into something big."

Big tragedies have happened throughout the country such as the shootings at The University of Texas at Austin in 1966 and at Virginia Tech in 2007 when lone shooters took the lives of dozens of students.

Survivors of both massacres testified in Austin Tuesday and asked legislators to vote against the bill.

But some UTB students said they support the bill and their constitutional right to bear arms.

"Whether you know if somebody has a weapon or not on their person it's a pretty good deterrent, Steven Martinez said. I mean it's easier to prey on people when you know they can not defend themselves.

If the bill passes, weapons would be allowed on campuses, but they would still be banned from churches, hospitals, bars and athletic events.

Jennifer Jefferson said that is still not safe enough for her.

"We're supposed to feel safe here on campus and I don TMt' think I TMd feel safe knowing people are carrying weapons around and like anything can happen at anytime," Jefferson said.