By Karina Dunn and Andrea Carrizales [email protected]
Students, faculty and staff dis-cussed how new gun legislation will impact Texas colleges last Constitu-tion Day.
The panel provided a forum to explore concerns about the coming changes and find the best ways to function within the law.
History professor Mike Noble moderated the event, hosted by the Office of Student Engagement and Retention, on Sept. 17. Noble and the panelists considered the rights of gun owners protected by the Constitution as they explored how new legislation would affect safety on campus.
Panelists included former East-field students Tania Santistevan and Franklin Ortega, government pro-fessors Stacey Jurhree and Glynn Newman and Texas Junior College Student Government Association President Rameez Sohail, an East-field student.
Once the law is enacted, it must be enforced, Newman said. [We must] figure out how to handle the law once it goes into effect.
Campus carry will allow licensed gun owners to have concealed weap-ons on campuses. Signed by Gov. Greg Abbott over the summer, this law takes full effect at two-year col-leges in fall 2017.
Noble, a member of the National Rifle Association and supporter of gun rights, said he is opposed to campus carry.
He cited recent campus shootings the Delta State University murder and the Idaho State University pro-fessor accidentally shooting himself on the foot as reasons for his op-position.
Theres a few professors here that I work with that are dear colleagues that I wouldnt trust with a gun, No-ble said.
The panelists agreed that the right to bear arms is protected by the Sec-ond Amendment, but did express concern with the campus carry law.
[The goal of the Second Amend-ment] is to protect the rights of peo-ple, but to also ensure an absolute right to practice [the law] with re-sponsibility, Sohail said.
Audience members voiced con-cern over the protection of non-gun owners on campus.
Some of the panelists responses to the issue included a beefed up po-lice department, the implementation of background checks and training procedures for gun holders and the state supplying Kevlar to every pro-fessor.
If were having to defend our-selves on campus when this should be an educational environment, Santistevan said, theres a lot more things that have to go in place to make campus safe.
Measures to protect different groups on campus were also ex-plored.
Santistevan spoke on the impact that gun violence has against women, while Jurhree answered speculation on whether the new laws make racial profiling a greater issue on campus.
The group also discussed who should be responsible for students or co-workers who violate the law and who should identify potential threats.
Who is actually carrying guns? Jurhree asked. Who is licensed? Background checks are not enough. [They are] ineffective.
Gun control advocates agree that certain restrictions should be set in place to reduce the likelihood of ir-responsible gun holders creating a tragedy, but not all students are con-vinced of their future efficiency.
As a student, when I see guns on campus, I will not feel more comfort-able here, Sohail said. I believe col-lege is for education. Its not to show guns. Its not to create a fear for each other.
By James Hartley [email protected]
With the bill allowing owners of concealed handgun licenses to carry a concealed gun on campus, the Stu-dent Government Association held a forum to discuss specific gun-free zones.
A majority of 15 students and faculty in attendance agreed that the C-building should be chosen as the colleges gun-free zone due to the large number of people in the Pit on a daily basis. The legislation does not allow for the entire campus to be des-ignated as gun-free.
If someone came in to hurt the school, what is the first building they come in to? The main building is C, said student Cory Baxter.
SGA plans to deliver the collected student input to the administration. K-building is expected to be a gun-free zone because of the daycare.
Im sure everyone knows how important of a topic it is for you to understand, Dean of Social Sciences
Mike Walker said. Part of the job of the college is to put you in situa-tions where you can understand why something like this [campus carry] matters to you.
The opinions on the bill were split, but having been signed by Gov. Greg Abbott early this summer, it is clear
that it will be going into effect in fall of 2017 for two-year colleges like Eastfield and fall 2016 for four-year universities.
Im just for educated gun carriers to be allowed to have guns, student Vanessa Weseman said. I want more education on this subject.
Student Joshua Martinez dis-agreed.
I dont want to know there are guns, I come to school to learn, he said.
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JOSE GARCIA/THE ET CETERACory Baxter argued the benefits of the Pit as an unrestricted area.
SGA, students deliberate gun-free zones at Eastfield
Panel discusses campus carry
BRIANNA HARMON/THE ET CETERAThe Eastfield Police Department lowered flags to half-staff in honor of Deputy Sheriff Darren Go-forth on Sept. 4. His funeral was that morning in Houston. Goforth was ambushed and killed after filling up his patrol on a Houston gas station the previous Friday, Aug. 28.
Who is actually carrying guns? Who is licensed? Background checks arent enough.
Stacey Jurhree Government Professor
JOSE GARCIA/THE ET CETERASecretary Aaron Sustaita ad-dresses the students to contin-ue the conversation on campus carry.
By Mayra Rosales-Montoya [email protected]
Thousands gathered in Dallas at the American Airlines Center on Sept. 14 to watch Republican presi-dential candidate Donald Trump do what he does best put on a show starring himself.
The audience, mostly white and middle-aged or older, responded like a high school football game crowd when Trump took the stage for his presidential rally. One woman wore a dress and shoes decorated with Trumps face.
We are killing it in the polls, Trump said.
For the first 45 minutes of his speech, Trump focused on himself, touching on topics such as his hair Do you see the shine in my hair? he asked and the success of his reality television show The Apprentice.
NBC and Trump recently settled legal issues related to his removal from the show for making nega-tive comments about Mexican im-migrants. Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will assume Trumps role when the show returns in 2016.
At the Dallas event, Trump again called immigrants murderers and gang members, saying other countries sent them here because theyre smarter [than the United States]. Its disgusting. We are a dumping ground.
Families are being decimated, he said, pausing for the cheering crowd. So many are murdered by illegal im-migrants. We have to stop illegal im-migrants. We have to build a wall.
Trump promised to make Amer-ica great again, but failed to outline specifics for his plans to lower taxes and punish companies who take their business overseas.
He bounced from idea to idea, bringing up anchor babies, nuclear global warming and U.S. prisoners in Iran. He vowed to solve the issues with a single plan.
I know the toughest guys, he said. I know the smartest guys. If we partnered with China, we would win.
A handful of younger people dot-ted the audience. Many were from small towns outside of Dallas.
JD Stephens, an 18-year-old stu-dent from Comanche High School in Oklahoma, said he had always want-ed to see a presidential rally.
My grandpa saw Kennedy, so re-ally Im excited to be here, he said.
Supporters tended to cite Trumps personality and attitude rather than specific policies when asked why they support him.
I like that hes going to make America great again and I like his winning mentality, said Ajee Montes, 21-year-old student at Southern Methodist University.
Doug Crylie, 17, of Denton said: I just like how flamboyant he is. I figure a millionaire should know how to fix up the country.
As the crowd left the arena, some clashed verbally with protestors, shouting We dont want you here; go back home and leave my country.
No violence was reported.
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JOSE GARCIA/THE ET CETERAClockwise from top, Donald Trump speaks without a tele-promter before a full house at the American Airlines Center. Protesters, including Mayra Huerta, marched from a nearby church to the arena as Trump spoke. A supporter carries a "the silent majority stands with Trump" sign.
By James Hartley [email protected]
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside Republican candidate Donald Trumps presi-dential rally at the American Airlines Center Sept. 14, hoisting signs with phrases such as, We will not remain silent and Do I look like a rapist to you?
Trump has previously made controver-sial statements about undocumented immi-grants and Hispanics, including his plan to deport all undocumented immigrants and build a big wall on the border.
The North Texas League of United Latin American Citizens organized the march and gathered support from other members of the Latino community, meeting at the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe before marching to the rally with banners, flags and chants of dump the Trump.
LULAC District Director Christopher Enriquez said he hopes the protest will en-courage other groups to act likewi