The shooting in Odessa on Monday at the University of Texas at Austin has brought national attention to the issue of gun violence in America.
The shooting is the latest in a string of incidents at colleges across the country that have brought nationwide attention to campus gun violence.
In June, Ohio State University student Matthew Shepard was killed in the same city after a gunman opened fire on his car, killing him.
In December, University of Alabama students John Crawford III and Keith Lamont Scott were shot dead in their dorm rooms.
In February, 18-year-old University of Missouri student Michael Brown was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
In May, a gunman killed five people at the Jewish Community Center of Greater St. Louis, including three people who were attending a synagogue service.
In November, a white Texas man killed four people at a community college in Austin.
And in July, a black man killed six people in a Charleston, South Carolina, church.
In this Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, photo, an officer holds an AR-15 assault rifle at a shooting range in San Antonio, Texas.
The gun, which is being auctioned off on the gun-rights website Guns & Ammo, is among the weapons used in the shooting.
(AP Photo/Tom Fox)In Odessa, students said they learned the university’s policy is not to use the AR-16 assault rifle, the semiautomatic rifle commonly used in most mass shootings.
That means they will not be able to carry the weapon on campus.
But the university said it is working on changing that policy.
The university also is reviewing its policies on carrying concealed weapons.
“As a university, we need to be able and willing to defend ourselves,” said Jessica Jones, a sophomore from the Odessas’ Black Student Union.
“That’s why we’re coming out today.
We’re here to show that we’re ready to defend our campus.”
Odessa, about 70 miles north of Houston, has a population of about 8,000, according to the Houston Chronicle.
The city is home to more than 2,000 students.
“This is a community that is very concerned about the safety of its students,” said Austin police Chief Art Acevedo.
“We’re going to be working with the university to help them determine how to respond to that.”
Oddly, it is not illegal to own a gun in the United States, but a concealed-carry permit is needed to do so in Texas.
Odessas campus police department did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Police did not find any evidence of any criminal wrongdoing.
Police said there were no suspects, but that they were concerned that the shootings might escalate into violence, particularly in the wake of the deadly shootings in Baton Rouge and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, earlier this month by white police officers in which four people were killed.
On Tuesday, a suspect who had been identified as Joshua Jackson was arrested on charges of assault and battery with a deadly weapon, a felony, according an Odessa police news release.
The University of California at San Diego said it was also working on its campus policy, and that it was working with police.