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In an Texas Tribune event this week, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams says he supports school districts’ right to authorize licensed concealed handguns on primary and secondary campuses. He said, “When we send folks to schools, rather than allowing them to be armed, we ask them to rely for safety upon hope.”

EVAN SMITH is editor-in-chief and chief executive officer of The Texas Tribune where this story was originally published. It is reprinted here through a news partnership between the Tribune and the San Marcos Mercury.

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2 thoughts on “Q&A Michael Williams on guns in schools

  1. An even better question to ask, my fellow citizens who are forced to pay for these public schools, and in whose trust we place our elected “leaders” to make rational decisions based upon sound reasons and not political backscratching, is what sort of experience does Mr. Williams – the man in whose hands we have placed the steering wheel of one our most important public institutions – have in education?

    Uh, that would be zero. That really makes no sense now does it? We really should be kinda angry, or at least questioning, of everyone’s favorite governor decision in this case. To some of us it appears sorta like political favoritism after Williams’ thrashing by Cruz in the primary (and/or perhaps part of the Republican strategy to show that they are not just the party of old white dudes – curse those demographic trends, eh?). But, of course, that would require a body politic that pays more than fleeting attention to such matters. Sigh. I’ll return to beating my head against a wall again now…

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