“Out of the Blue: 50 Years After the UT Tower Shooting” is Texas Standard’s oral history on the anniversary of the first public mass shooting of its kind. From Houston Public Media:
Today marks fifty years since a shooter attacked the University of Texas at Austin from atop the clock tower. He killed more than a dozen people in the nation’s first public mass shooting on a college campus.
Today also marks the first day that people with licenses to carry handguns can take their weapons onto Texas public college campuses.
People who lived through the UT Tower shooting have mixed emotions about that.
Sue Wiseman isn’t sure allowing guns on college campuses is going to prevent future incidents. “I’ve been there,” she says. “I’ve seen what will happen and I don’t think just allowing somebody to have one is going to make us safer.”
Larry Faulkner says there’s no reason to allow guns on campus. “In the era we’re in now, it’s insane, there’s no purpose to it, there’s no reason to allow it,” he says.
But some are in support of the new law.
“If I was a student on campus, I would want to be able to carry a gun in my purse,” says Cheryl Botts Dickerson.
Ray Martinez is also on board. “I believe in the second amendment, however with common sense,” he says.
State lawmakers say the timing of the “Campus Carry” law on the anniversary of the Tower shooting is a coincidence.