What’s going on?
Lori Brown is a Texas mom fighting against a new knife law that makes it legal to carry Bowie knives in some places in the state. She lost her son Harrison, a University of Texas at Austin student, when another student stabbed four people on campus in May 2017.
(Learn more with our explainer here.)
What does the new law change?
HB 1935, which was signed into law a month after Harrison’s death, makes it legal to carry a Bowie knife or other large knives in parts of Texas.
"In my opinion, [HB 1935] totally disregards Harrison and how he died and his murder. It really did feel like a slap in the face," Brown told local news outlet KXAN.
Could another law have protected her son?
Unfortunately, no. The 21-year-old student who murdered Harrison was breaking not only a law that at the time banned all Bowie knives throughout the state, but also a law banning knives on campus. He has been charged with murder and aggravated assault.
Bowie knives are still illegal to carry on any campus, meaning the new law that went into effect after her son died doesn’t affect schools.
On today’s show, Doc and Jeffy sympathized with Brown’s motives for fighting this law, but they can’t see how we make things that are already illegal more illegal.