August 1, 2016, was the day publicly funded four-year colleges in Texas were mandated to allow properly credentialed faculty, staff, and students to carry concealed firearms on campus. Exactly one year later, that law has been applied to community colleges in the state.
So I spoke to some folks at Paris Junior College about how they feel about it. The answers I got were quite nuanced. There was fear of the unknown and an understanding that protection in the event of an incident might be necessary.
Doing stories like these is an immensely interesting and satisfying part of my job. It’s always fascinating to hear the thoughts of those on the front lines of public policy. And these stories reinforce the need for me as a reporter to always be open-minded; to never go into a story with preconceptions about what people are going to say.
For more on the story, including more in-depth thoughts from those with whom I spoke, click here.