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>> Jerome Gabor.>> As the bell tolls Monday for the victims of the deadly University of Texas campus shooting that left 16 dead 50 years ago to the day, it also coincidentally rings in a new law that allows students to bring guns into classrooms. Reuters correspondent Jon Herskovitz is in Austin, Texas.
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>> There are two events that coincide today in Texas, mostly at the University of Texas at its Austin campus. The first was the introduction of a new state law called campus carry, which allows concealed hand gun licensed holders 21 and older to bring guns onto campus and into classrooms.
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This event coincided with the 50th anniversary of the 1966 tower shooting, in which a former marine, University student Charles Whitman went to an observation deck at a tower at the university and launched a sniper attack. Those who favor the law say that the concealed handgun license holders undergo specialized training, they pass a test, they are the so-called good guys with the guns who could step in and intervene if there was a gunman on campus.
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Students, faculty and alumni at the university think that the mix of college, youth and firearms can make for a deadly combination.>> University of Texas professors lobbied unsuccessfully to prevent the law.>> We recognize that this is a very emotional time.>> University President, Gregory Fenves ultimately and reluctantly allowed Campus Carry, saying Monday he was compelled to do so under state law.
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>> I talked to a few students on campus today about campus carry and every student that I ran into was opposed to it. They don't see this as something that makes them feel safe. In fact many students said that this makes them feel less secure.>> At the commemoration there was no mention of the Campus Carry law, the university purposely keeping the two events separate.
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For students, the timing too big to ignore.>> The law also coming just one day after a gunman killed a woman and seriously wounded three other in downtown Austin, one mile from campus.