The student government of the University of Memphis voted against a bill that opposed a proposed campus carry bill in their state.
The student senate was one vote shy of passing a bill Thursday that attempted to speak on behalf of the university student body by saying "that the students do not support Guns on Campus Bill," according to this story from the Daily Helmsman.
Several members of U of M’s student government responded to the bill’s announcement by writing a bill against Campfield’s bill. Of course, student government can’t do much to stop the state legislature, but those council members wanted to show that university students didn’t want people to carry on campus, the story says.
"Police are the ones who are assigned to protect, so if they are failing, we need to solve that problem," said student senator Birjush Kumar. "If you are looking for a solution, you need to get to the root cause and fix that."
The vote on the bill was seven in favor, four against and four abstained. A vote of eight is required for a majority.
Oddly enough Kumar, a co-sponsor of the bill, left before voting began, the story says.
Texas is the most recent state to pass a campus carry law LINK that allows anyone, including students, with a CCW permit to carry on campus, and Kansas’ new law allowing guns on public campuses will take effect this summer. LINK
During the debate before the vote, Ashley Courtney, a sophomore SGA senator said she’s behind the bill passing in the state legislature.
“As a woman I feel like when I’m walking to the parking lot and someone is trying to attack me, I can’t be like, ‘Oh, hold on, don’t rob me, me me call police services first,’” she said. “I would feel a lot safer knowing I could reach in my bag and have a weapon.”