The Joys of “Campus Carry”

Earlier this year, Texas passed its own “campus carry” law despite opposition from University of Texas Chancellor William McRaven, former leader of the U.S. Special Operations Command who oversaw the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. (Yeah, he did that.) Texas now joins other states such as Idaho, Wyoming, and Oregon (!), which are forcing colleges to allow concealed handguns on campus to varying degrees. In the wake of school shootings like the one in Roseburg, OR, it’s tempting to think that a “good samaritan” with a gun could prevent loss of life, but there’s not exactly a precedent yet for armed civilians stopping a mass shooting. There have been, however, an incomprehensible number of deaths from gunfire. It seems likely that the number of accidents, suicides, and heat-of-the-moment shootings would quickly eclipse the number of lives saved by armed college students.

On a lighter note, one thing I miss about college is that glorious moment of finding pizza left over from an event, yours for the taking.


  • A. C. Fenderson

    Oregon allows you to carry handguns? Then why didn’t the other students shoot that idiot before he killed all 9 of those people?

    Maybe the NRA is wrong. Nah, that can’t be it …

  • Quiddity

    3:41 AM is the quintessential time to be in bed, unable to sleep because you’re worrying about how to deal with a big mess. Brilliant!

  • nowhere

    Actually, none of those scenarios are really directly connected to widespread concealed carry in school. That would push things much higher up the crazy-o-meter. For example it could really change the dynamic of disputing a grade with a teacher or the division of work in a group project…

  • patriot1980

    Many colleges across the country allow firearms on campus. Why are we not seeing the types of scenarios you’re depicting?

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.