Update from Libertarian Longhorns re: John Lott Event and UT-Austin

On the morning of Tuesday, September 28, the University of Texas community was alerted to the terrifying situation of a gunman on campus. Students, staff, and faculty were told via text messages, emails, sirens, and various forms of social media to shelter in place and await evacuation.

It was reported that the gunman, later identified as UT student Colton Tooley was armed and seen walking down 21st street, shooting his weapon into the air and ground while yelling and screaming. He then entered into the Perry-Casteneda Library and proceeded up to the sixth floor where he ultimately took his own life. Fortunately, no one else was injured in the process, and it appears that the Tooley had no intention of hurting anyone but himself.

Coincidentally, the Libertarian Longhorns and the UT Students for Concealed Carry on Campus had invited Dr. John Lott, famed writer of the book “More Guns, Less Crime”, to speak on campus that same day.  The date had been set since early this past summer, but the campus shooting obviously put Dr. Lott’s talk in jeopardy. However, the organization’s student leaders decided that, out of respect for the speaker who had traveled all the way from Maryland and the importance of the issues at hand, the event should not be canceled.

Despite the fact that the school canceled the event, the Libertarian Longhorns and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus student groups took action to see the event through.  Thanks to the help from local bookstore Brave New Books, the event was held later that day.

Thanks to the Libertarian Longhorns, this important event was recorded and the video is now on youtube.  It is split into 8 parts, all of which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=876B7241C2A608EB