Austin Monthly Poses a Critical Campus Question

New campus-carry law takes effect on the 50th anniversary of UT Tower shootings.

“How Will Campus Carry Change UT?” That’s the headline on the cover of this month’s issue of Austin Monthly, which hit newsstands today.

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There’s a powerful second reason for the magazine to choose to crown the image of a gun with the University of Texas at Austin Tower. The day that the new UT carry law goes into effect, Aug. 1, is also the 50th anniversary of the UT Tower shooting, the first mass shooting at an American university. Assailant Charles Whitman killed 16 people and injured 30 more.

The grim anniversary is being marked by outlets across Texas. The Texas Tribune for example has a profile of Allen Crum, the armed civilian who helped bring the Aug. 1, 1966 mayhem to a halt. Meanwhile, at the website towerhistory.org, an excellent radio documentary about the UT Tower incident can be listened to.

Three professors at the University of Texas at Austin – Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter – have taken legal action to try and obtain an injunction that would block the new campus-carry law before the first day of fall semester.

H/T: Gary Dinges