On Tuesday afternoon, Michelle Obama tweeted the following:
People who tuned in could indeed watch live video of the first lady, along with President Obama and Bo the dog, exchanging pleasantries with visitors to the White House.
At the very same time, reports began streaming in about another school shooting — this time, at a college in Texas. Within minutes, all three cable news channels switched to ongoing breaking news coverage of the shooting, as well as the law enforcement hunt for the perpetrator.
To look at the two images side by side was to see a distinctly chilling reminder of the normality of gun violence in America — and to know that, presumably, the man smiling away at his guests would soon be briefed on what was taking place at that very moment.
01/22/2013 7:13 PM EST
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01/22/2013 6:40 PM EST
Latest News On Texas Shooting
01/22/2013 6:27 PM EST
Gun Rights Student Leader Says He'll Start Carrying
"That's annoying," said Sanders, president of the Second Amendment Academy, a student group that plans shooting events in the area and describes its focus as "educating the general public in regards to the safe and proper use of firearms."
Knafo's article quotes Sanders as saying:
"Most people who go there are just kids. They don’t have a CHL" -- a concealed handgun license.
"I have a CHL," Sanders added. "But I never carry on campus. I never really thought about it. I guess I will now."
01/22/2013 6:01 PM EST
Both Suspects Hospitalized, No Charges Yet
The Harris County Sheriff's office said at press conference Tuesday afternoon the shooting was the result of a dispute between two individuals, at least one being a student, but no charges have been filed yet. The two suspects were injured during their altercation and have been hospitalized, in addition to a maintenance worker who was shot in the crossfire.
Another individual, a woman in her mid-50s, suffered a medical condition and was transported to a hospital.
They have not released any information about the identities of the two suspects.
Richard Carpenter, chancellor of the Lone Star College system, said several emergency alerts were sent to students, but many students told local reporters they did not receive them. Carpenter was not sure why they didn't get the alerts, but the buildings on campus do not have great cell phone reception, a student said.
-- Tyler Kingkade
01/22/2013 5:36 PM EST
Maintenance Worker Shot In The Leg
A maintenance worker was shot in the leg as part of the crossfire in the shooting at Lone Star College in Houston, according to a police spokesman and the college's chancellor.
The worker is in his 50s and is in stable condition at a nearby hospital, said Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter.
01/22/2013 5:29 PM EST
Chancellor Hopes 'Things Could Be Learned' From Shooting
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Lone Star College Chancellor Richard Carpenter said he hopes "things could be learned" from the shooting at his campus as the national debate on gun control continues.
01/22/2013 5:22 PM EST
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01/22/2013 5:16 PM EST
HuffPost/YouGov Poll: More Guns On Campus Would Not Make Colleges Safer
A recent HuffPost/YouGov survey showed Americans are split evenly on the question of whether people with proper permits should be allowed to carry concealed guns on college campuses, with 43 percent for and 43 percent against the idea. The other 14 percent said they were unsure.
While Americans are divided on whether people with permits should be allowed to carry firearms at colleges, only a third think more guns on campus would improve safety. Forty-five percent said banning guns was more likely to keep a campus safer, while 33 percent thought they'd be safer if more students and faculty were packing heat.
A handful of states currently allow guns on campus, and many more allow colleges to make their own decisions, which almost always results in a campus gun ban. Since the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many college presidents have spoken out and called for new gun control measures. One open letter, which has more than 300 signatures from public and private college presidents, specifically voices opposition to state laws that allow guns on campus.
Read more on the polling results here.
-- Tyler Kingkade
01/22/2013 4:51 PM EST
Sheriff To Hold News Conference
The Harris County Sheriff's Office will hold a live news conference at 5:00 EST.
Click here to watch live.
01/22/2013 4:50 PM EST
NRA Has Supported Concealed Carry On College Campuses Across Country
Ever since the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007, the National Rifle Association has backed a slew of bills designed to allow concealed handguns on college campuses -– including in Texas, the site of Tuesday's shooting at Lone Star College.
The Texas Senate passed legislation in 2011 that would have allowed licensed carriers of concealed handguns to bring weapons onto public college campuses. But the law was never enacted because the House failed to bring it to a vote.
Republican State Sen. Brian Birdwell revived the debate last week, introducing legislation that would allow concealed carry on public college campuses.
The NRA’s Texas affiliate strongly supports the legislation, according to a press release announcing the bill:
The TSRA—the state-affiliate of the NRA—and our 45,000 Texas members strongly support Senator Birdwell and his legislation allowing adult Texas concealed handgun licensees to have this option for personal protection with them in their vehicles, on campus property, and in the classroom. Personal protection is a basic human right.
Arizona lawmakers defeated a similar push for concealed handguns on college campuses last year, after strong opposition from university officials.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 21 states have bans on carrying a concealed weapon on college campuses, while 23 others leave the decision to each individual college or university.
State law allows concealed weapons at public college campuses in five states: Colorado, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah and Wisconsin.
-- Chris Kirkham