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Dang It, Texas Needs More Guns
Dang It, Texas Needs More Guns | campus carry, guns, economics, NRA, Brady Bill, demand and supply,supply and demand, hunting, shooting,

The two Moozag brothers walked home after school via the railroad tracks south of town.

For almost three miles, my way was the same.

They had .22 rifles.  They usually had shotguns, but today they had .22s.

They started a game shooting at each other to see how close they could get to each other.

I knew if I started running, they’d shoot after me in the manner that dogs will chase someone who doesn’t face them.   So I laughed loud, I laughed long and I laughed like a mad man as I inched further and further away from them.  When I was able to get a rise of land between us, I launched into a run to put pastures, cows, mesquite and brush between me and the brothers.

About a week later, I ran into the older brother in the ag shop at high school.  He proudly showed me the entrance and exit wounds where his little brother had “accidently” shot him through the abdomen.

If you’ve been in Texas any time at all, you’ve seen guns. Texas is a good market for guns.  Texas is a great market for guns. The culture of Texas, the fear of never being completely safe despite any precaution and the availability of cheap to moderately expensive firearms makes a potent economic force.

Now the legislature seeks to expand Texas Tech’s slogan and hand signal “Guns Up" as the state's economic mantra. Campus Carry seems, at this writing, destined to pass.  Gun manufacturers and sellers should celebrate.

With the passage of that law, any dissatisfied alienated grad student legally can carry a concealed gun into any state school classroom or office.  Students with anger control issues over bad grades can legally pack heat.  Clumsy students who sat through that day long class and range class a Saturday long ago have the opportunity to toss their backpacks with a guns.

And of course, professors and administrators who also suffer from clumsiness and undiagnosed mental illness can conceal their favorite firearm. As a result, some state university professors with their hard won tenure are reconsidering their career in the public sector.

The economics of guns has nothing to do with the moral value people buy and carry guns.  Economics has everthing to do with the demand.  And the demand is driven by human preferences that encompass hunting, shooting, collecting, defending, attacking, robbing and other motives.  The costs and benefits have been debated and will continue to be debated.  Economists fall on either More Guns, Less Crime, or Less Guns, More Crime.   Whether or not guns proliferate hinges on economic force, not the Second Amendment, the Brady campaign or the NRA.

As for me, I feel like I’m walking down the tracks, inching slowing away from the Moozag brothers as bullets ricochet.