Thank you very much for taking the time to answer my question and posting it on the website. Very few of the candidates have taken the time to address their opinion on gun rights openly on their websites. I for one feel that a candidate should be completely open and honest with his views, even if it's not the popular opinion. I have more respect for someone who has different views than my own, but honest and brave enough to stand by them, than someone who simply goes with whatever gets them the most votes.
I do have a question in regards to his "does not favor allowing the carrying of concealed weapons inside classrooms at Texas’ public colleges and universities." Does he care to elaborate? I must agree, to an extent, that schools should be crime and weapons free. No one wants violence in the schools. We've heard the tragic stories of Columbine and Virginia Tech, and no one wants those type of situations to occur again.
But on the other hand, if a Professor or other Staff at the university is trained to be efficient with handguns, would that not help prevent that kind of behavior? I cannot recall any event in which a staff member has been involved in a school shooting, but I have not done adequate research to say that it's never happened.
How many lives could have been saved if a staff member had a handgun at Virginia Tech or Columbine? We would all love to depend on the police, but unfortionately they cannot be everywhere at all times. Most, if not all, security on college campuses are unarmed. How many lives might be lost during the time it takes for police to arrive and defuse the situtation?
And how about firearms being carried on the campus by students? Hank mentioned the word "classrooms", not campus. What about the hallways, cafateria, dorm rooms? Those who live on campus are left unarmed and helpless against crime. We would love to live in a perfect world, but unfortionanetly we do not.
I will understand if this is too much detail for Mr. Gilbert to get into. But I just want to understand the reasoning behind our elected officials. I feel it would help stop the distant relationship and help both sides of the "issues" to see the other's views as valid.
I have a few links I would like you to visit if you have the time.
I would recommend you read the stories, but also pay attention to the other people's views. Some may call people who carry firearms "paranoid", but we've all watched the news and see what happens on a daily basis. We just want to be able to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our property. I think we can agree that criminals do not need access to firearms, but us law abiding citizens shouldn't be forced to suffer as well. It's a truly delicate balancing act.
I want you to know I really appreciate the time and effort you have put forth in communicating with me.