I got into it with an acquaintance last night. It looks like Texas State University is going to allow concealed weapons on campus. I’m for it; he was against it. We were debating it, and he said that he didn’t like the thought of 18 year old college kids running around campus with guns. This was where it started to go downhill. First of all, if you’re going to debate me, PLEASE know your facts, like the fact that you have to be 21 before you can even think about having a concealed weapons license (CHL). I pointed out the fact that the VAST majority of campus is under 21 so most of them can’t even own one. He said that we should leave the gun handling to trained professionals. I rebut with “First, you have to go through a training course before you’re allowed to own a gun. And second, 2000 of the 5000 students over 21 on campus are vets. Does that count as trained professionals?” I mean, honestly. The gun a vet might be carrying in a holster is likely to be a tenth the size of the one they’ve been “running around with” for the last 4 to 10 years. He responds with “Oh yeah, just what we need. A bunch of crazy old vets running around with guns.” I LOST it.
Maybe I shouldn’t have. Maybe he didn’t mean it the way it came out. But it came out incredibly insulting to my friends and military family and I’m not okay with that. Most of the vets at TState aren’t much older than he is, if they’re older at all. And as for crazy… I would love to see him deal with the stuff our military does and NOT have some issues at the end of it.
Frankly, I’m not okay with anyone (vet or not) being referred to as “crazy.” They may have a mental illness, but that doesn’t make them crazy; it makes them sick. It means they need HELP, not to be stigmatized or mocked, and certainly not to be used as ammo for why we shouldn’t allow guns somewhere. We should be taking care of the vets who need the help and ensuring that their career at Texas State is successful so that they may go on to be a productive part of the society they spent years protecting. The guys in the VA office are doing an amazing job of that. They go above and beyond to make sure that our vets are taken care of.
I don’t care what your stance on gun control is. You do NOT get to refer to a hero as crazy.