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Tue Aug 2, 2016, 03:59 PM

Yesterday, Aug 1, was the 50th Anniversary of the UT Massacre

Charles Joseph Whitman (June 24, 1941 August 1, 1966) was an American engineering student at the University of Texas and mass murderer who shot 49 people, killing 16.

In the early morning hours of August 1, 1966, Whitman murdered his wife and his mother in their homes. Later that day, he brought a number of guns, including rifles, a shotgun, and handguns, to the campus of the University of Texas at Austin where, over an approximate 90- to 95-minute period, he killed 14 people and wounded 32 others in a mass shooting in and around the Tower. Whitman shot and killed three people inside the university's tower and eleven others after firing at random from the 28th-floor observation deck of the Main Building. Whitman was eventually shot and killed by Austin police officer Houston McCoy.


On that day, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R) sought to dismiss what he called a "frivolous" preliminary injunction requested by three faculty members at the University of Texas who want the ability to make their classrooms gun-free zones now that concealed carry is allowed at public universities.


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