Earlier this summer, the state of Texas enacted the SB 211 law, which allows licensed permit holders to carry concealed handguns into any public buildings, including the dorms, classrooms, and performing-arts venues at public and private colleges. Tonight, the gnarly-voiced cult-favorite singer-songwriter Ray Lamontagne was scheduled to play a show at UT Austin’s Bass Concert Hall. But as CNN reports, LaMontagne has canceled the show in protest over the law, explaining his reasoning in a Facebook post. Here’s what he writes:
This Thursday’s show at Bass Concert Hall in Austin, TX has been cancelled due to concerns over the state of Texas’ recently enacted campus carry law, which allows licensed holders to bring concealed handguns into many performance venues on public university campuses, including the Performing Arts Center at The University of Texas at Austin. I consider myself to be a very open minded human being, and I always try and see things from another’s point of view. I realize this is a controversial issue and there are strong feelings on both sides of it. But no matter how hard I try to understand the rationale for allowing guns on campus or more broadly, the ‘concealed carry’ law in general, I just cannot in any way support that ideology.
There are a lot of things this country needs more of, but guns aren’t one of them.
On behalf of myself and the band, and everyone involved in the tour, I want to express our collective disappointment in the decision to allow guns on campus, and within the campus venue.
All tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase.
In a comment on that same post, he also wrote:
We respect everyone’s opinion around this issue. To clarify, we’ve been working towards a solution for several weeks, petitioning for a special exemption. It was only over the weekend that we received official and final word from President Fenves’ office that no waiver for the campus carry law will be granted for this event.
You would’ve thought that “more guns makes everyone safer” bullshit would’ve been thoroughly debunked by now, but apparently not.