Guns blazing with no student input

By Ram Page Staff
On November 6, 2015

Texas was once known as the Wild West, full of gunslingers and cowboys. Now the age of guns has come back, and much controversy has arisen from this.

Next fall, Texas campuses will be forced to comply with Texas legislature and allow guns on campus. The state legislature also told all universities that they must hold three open forums for students and faculty to voice their concerns.

Yet, many ASU students have voiced complaints on the forums, such as the forums not being publicized or held at feasible times.

While the university complied by holding three forums, they were held during normal class times. One was at 10 a.m. and the others at 2 p.m. Many students are in class at these times and normally, events are held later in the evening if students are wanted.

The staff of the Ram Page finds this odd. Staff members who were at the forum thought the concerns were shrugged off and no solutions were found. They also wondered why the student body was not notified as much about this as other campus events like the Fall Fest.

Sure, the Fall Fest is important and a great way to relieve stress, but the potential crisis coming next fall could change ASU and how it is seen forever. It seems to the staff that the university should have publicized this far more.

We, as a student-oriented staff, find it not only puzzling but potentially dangerous that students were not informed more and we would appreciate ASU holding another open forum at a time students could go. A later time would be more ideal.

In order for the campus to properly comply with the forum quota and gain students’ concerns, there must be another forum and the student body must be properly informed through emails or flyers or the like.

While the Wild West was all fine and dandy for that time period, this is 2015. The bad guy doesn’t always wear a black cowboy hat. We understand guns may seem necessary, but students must be allowed to have some say in what will be gun free and what will not. This university is for students; therefore the university must hold another forum and work with students to help make this campus safer.

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