>> 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.
>> 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.
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.
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.
>> 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.
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.