On Monday evening, news broke of an active shooter on the Texas Tech University campus that prompted a lockdown. The shooter — later identified as 19-year-old Hollis Daniels — shot and killed a campus police officer after being taken to the police station when they discovered drugs and drug paraphernalia in his room.
Before all the information came to light, the Texas Democrats Twitter account sent a tweet bashing the idea of concealed carry of handguns on college campuses. The tweet has since been deleted:
People voiced their displeasure of the state party politicizing the tragic event before all the facts were known:
— Alex (@ttuisthebest) October 10, 2017
— Redskins (14-2) (@BrettEsch8) October 10, 2017
Oh give me a freaking break. Criminals don't follow the law anyways. Yalls kind of thinking is why this country's a mess. RIP to the family.
— Mason Elam (@GunsUp5) October 10, 2017
It was then revealed that Daniels was 19 years old. This key fact was significant because, in the state of Texas, you need to be at least 21 in order to obtain the concealed carry license.
— Wes Rapaport (@wesrap) October 10, 2017
The only exceptions are 18-year-olds who are active duty military members, which Daniels was not. Applicants can be disqualified from getting the license if any of the following apply:
- Felony convictions
- Certain misdemeanor convictions
- Certain psychological diagnoses
- Restraining orders
Applicants are then fingerprinted and must complete four to six hours of classroom training, pass a written test, and pass a shooting test.
Texas Democrats Deputy Executive Director Manny Garcia apologized in a statement for the tweet.
“America lost yet another soul to gun violence last night, Texas Tech University Police Officer Floyd East, Jr. We pray for him, his family, and the entire Texas Tech community,” he said. “In response, we spoke out on Twitter about the danger of campus carry. Our words were inadequate, hurried, and we apologize.”