A Matter of Time & Safety

A Matter of Time & Safety

In the wake of last week’s violence (Keep Dallas in your thoughts, y’all, and remember #BlackLivesMatter.), I’ve been struggling with what to think & feel, and how to get through my days.

In my lower moments, I’ve been wondering if I’m just waiting to be in the wrong place at the wrong time now. If it’s just a matter of time before I or someone close to me is shot. Is that crazy to think given… facts? But I know however valid those thoughts are, they aren’t part of the answer.

I’m determined to stay informed, to listen to people when they talk about their experiences, and to make my voice heard when I can. I signed a petition a few months ago to keep guns off the UT Austin campus, where I go to work most days. This past week, a group of professors brought a lawsuit against the university and the state of Texas to protest the new “Campus Carry” law, which would allow guns in classrooms.

UT is about to become one of very few schools that allow concealed weapons on campus, and I’m having a hard time seeing how this could be a good thing. It just feels scary.

Photo Credit: Bob Daemmrich via The Texas Tribune

3 thoughts on “A Matter of Time & Safety

  1. The thought of students carrying concealed weapons… chills me. The probability of actually being in the wrong place at the wrong time is increasing, and it is terrifying.


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