Linda Autry, a faculty senate member at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, said the faculty senate is concerned over the safety of students and faculty in the event of a shooting, such as the one in 2007 at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead.
“In the event of an incident, if quite a few people are brandishing guns, and the cops are on the scene, it may be a little hard to tell who is the initial perpetrator and who is there to help out,” Autry said.
But sisters Kandi Roberts and Stacie Baird, both senior criminology majors at UTPB, said that allowing concealed carry on campus would make students safer. Roberts has a concealed handgun permit, while Baird said she plans to take a 10-hour course to get one next month.
“If you hear about something happening, it happens in all the places you are not allowed to carry a gun, churches, schools,” Roberts said. “Because (shooters) know you are not allowed to carry a gun.”