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Aside from the fact that they missed the main point in the arguments against the legislation (that college kids shouldn't be allowed to bring guns onto campuses that already face high drug and alcohol abuse), why was it a "compromise" to raise the age to 21? As if being 21 makes you infinitely more responsible than being 18?? The logic is nonexistent here.
 
Campus carry passed yesterday. Essentially just squeaking by in the last real day of the legislative session despite efforts from Democrats in the house and Senate that opposed it and seemed to misunderstand the intent (ie that this just allows legally licensed CHL holders 21+ to carry on campus and not 18 year old freshman straight out of high school).
There was some compromises made, mainly that colleges and universities can designate specific areas as being a "gun free zone". These zones have to be approved by the board of regents and reported the legislature. The intent being that campus can put specific areas like bio containment labs or MRI rooms off limits to guns. They can't however designate the entire school as being gun free. Private schools however can choose whether they want to allow or not allow guns in class.
Community colleges will also have to allow guns and fall under the same laws as public colleges will have with the exception that the law will go into effect a few months later to allow them to make changes and designate areas.
Both open carry and campus carry have passed and will presumably be signed into law, however, open carry will not be allow on campus at all.
So since they are separate bills in theory you could open carry on the grounds of a middle school or high school (which is part of the open carry bill), but not be able to open carry on the grounds of a college, since carrying in class is not covered under the open carry bill.
Baby steps...
With one day left in the regular session, the Eighty-fourth Texas Legislature sends campus carry to the governor's desk.
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I think you missed the point. They didn't raise anything, there was no compromise with age.. Texas has had concealed handgun licenses for the past 20 years. The age requirement has always been 21 years of age. Which also happens to be the federal age requirement for purchasing a handgun from a licensed firearms dealer. And 21 years old is also the legal drinking age.
So for someone to legally carry a concealed handgun in class (chl holders have been allowed to carry on the grounds of any school for several years no with no incident, just not within the buildings), they would have already been required to be 21 years of age, have no criminal recorded, no history of drug or alcohol abuse, no history of mental illness, pass an extensive federal background check that can even look into juvenile records, has a full set of fingerprints on file, passed classroom training and shooting proficiency test, paid ~$300+ in fees. In other words these are responsible and proven law abiding adults. Texas keeps statistics of conviction rates of all crimes committed by those with a chl (all crimes not just those pertaining to firearms and a firearm doesn't necessarily even had to been involved, just that they have a chl). Chl holders are responsible for far less than 1% (.3%) of all convictions for any crimes.
Campus carry does not allow anyone to carrying in class that couldn't already legally carry outside of class. So this only applies to a small percentage of students...some seniors and those adults that are returning to college to finish a degree, start a new one, etc.... not recent high school grads.
Last I checked, alcohol was illegal for anyone under 21 and most drug use is illegal for anyone. Do you really think that those individuals who ignore those existing laws are going to let another law get in their way if they want to being a gun on campus? I doubt it.
But now at least a small percentage of the adult students who have proven to be responsible can now defend themselves and others against attacks by those who ignore the law and want to take the lives of others.

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Yes, I know, I've been slacking. It's been nearly a year since I last posted on the blog. With moving at the end of last summer and working more to pay for a new apartment, I just lost the motivati...
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Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, distance, infinity, the imagination, cold, and sadness.

In U.S. and European public opinion polls it is chosen by almost half of both men and women as their favourite colour.
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Blue focuses poorly in the eye, so we tend to pay more attention to make sure we are seeing correctly.
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NO NO NO NO NO NO THIS CANNOT BE A THING.
 
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It's not. Comcast has already denied it. 
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Hound looks amazing, can't wait to try it.

By the way, if anyone has any invites I would be happy to take one off your hands..
 
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On Wednesday, we brought you word of a new voice assistant app called Hound that absolutely mopped the floor with Siri, Google Now and Cortana in a demonstration video. Some skepticism was warrante...
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Is this how wars are going to be fought in the future? 
 
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According to Air Force Gen. Hawk Carlisle, a USAF intelligence team with the 361st ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) Group in Hurlburt
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I can get behind this.
 
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Yes, because if there's one group of people I'd trust to carry guns, it's a bunch of crazy, alcohol-fueled college kids with short tempers.
 
Texas Senate green-lights campus carry

+Houston Chronicle: The Texas Senate approved a bill Saturday that would allow concealed weapons to be carried on college campuses.
"The bottom line is this, Senate Bill 11 makes concealed carry on Texas college campuses the law of the land, while allowing for very limited, reasonable prohibitions in unique campus locations," bill sponsor Sen. Brian Birdwell said.
AUSTIN – Campus carry is just one step away from being signed into law, after the state Senate on Saturday approved a version of the legislation that would give much greater control over its implementation to college presidents. "The bottom line is this, Senate Bill 11 makes concealed carry on Texas college campuses the law of the land, while allowing for very limited, reasonable prohibitions in unique campus locations," bill sponsor Brian Bird...
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Lend me your minds (pretty please?)!!

So it just occurred to us that we should probably put up a small gate on our back porch, to keep the neighbor's kids from wandering onto our porch and falling into the pool this summer (because that would be terrible).

The issue here is that we have a dog who goes on and off the porch regularly, so we need to set up a gate of some kind that'll open for the dog, but not for other people. I was thinking of some kind of locking system that works with a sensor that we could put on her collar, but I can't seem to really find anything. We could get an automatic dog door that works the same way, but this gate will be outdoors and I'm worried they won't stand up to the weather. 

So with that in mind.... Any ideas? This is something we'd really love to have finished by the time we open the pool for the summer (in about a month or two). 
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+Vincent Messina That's not a bad idea, I hadn't thought of that. Our real concern is when we're away from the house, we want the dog to at least be able to go up on the porch during rain or bad weather. 
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College kid, political blogger, most sarcastic guy you'll ever meet. Ignorance is my kryptonite.
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I'm a young, enthusiastic writer pursuing a career in journalism and politics. If you ever find yourself in a conversation with me, be on the lookout for nerdy references. I love discussions and debates, and I am fascinated by the way we communicate and interact when it comes to certain issues. Fair warning: sarcasm is my favorite method of relating a point. I'm very sarcastic, which comes off as asshole-ish to some people. 

Anyway, feel free to circle me if you're entertained by random political or nerdy posts about Android and other things. 
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Fluent in American Sign Language, surviving college and ignorance on a daily basis.
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  • University of Alabama at Birmingham
    Journalism, 2012 - present
    Pursuing a Master's Degree in Mass Communication, with a concentration in journalism and a minor in political science.
  • Sylvania High School
    2003 - 2012
  • Rossville Elementary School
    2003
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Google Play Filmes
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Over the past week, I set out to do something I've never done before. I don't watch the news that much, as I'm a bustling college student dr

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*****Ingress is a closed-beta right now. Request an invite at http://www.ingress.com*****Ingress transforms the real world into the landscap

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Imagine it, build it. Create worlds on the go with Minecraft - Pocket Edition The new Minecraft - Pocket Edition allows you to build on the

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Real-life sharing rethought for the web, wherever you are. Google+ for mobile makes sharing the right things with the right people a lot sim

Draw Something Free
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The most popular social drawing and guessing game on Android! Play the Free version of Draw Something, the most popular social drawing and g

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The Resistance effort in Birmingham UK for Ingress

Absolutely. Awful. Service. Took nearly 45 minutes to get our food. The waiter spent over an hour dealing with one table (that had been there before we even arrived). After he brought our drinks, it's like we never existed. When we FINALLY got our food, we didn't even get everything we ordered. I asked for steak sauce to go with my sirloin, and the waitress who brought our food to us said she would bring some right over to us. We never saw her again. I ended up walking over to the waiter's station and grabbing a bottle of A1 my damn self. We finished eating and sat at our table for ANOTHER HOUR before the waiter finally approached us and asked if we needed anything else. We got the check, paid, and left. Worst service I have ever received at an O'Charley's location, or at any restaurant for that matter. Never eating here again.
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Food was not very good, the pizza selection is pathetic. They only offer three or four different types of pizza, and all of them are lacking in cheese and flavor. The salad bar is definitely sub-par and the pasta isn't winning any awards either. Not worth $7 at all.
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