Chad’s Morning Brief: Texas Tech Should Sell Beer at Football Games, Obama Once Again Brings Up Gun Control, and Other Top Stories
Your Morning Brief for June 19, 2015.
Texas Tech Should Sell Beer at Football Games
The University of Texas announced this week that beer and wine will be sold during the upcoming football season. As the Texas Tribune reported, UT doesn't believe that selling beer will bring any negative issues.
As part of a pilot program to test out the idea, the Longhorns have already sold beer at basketball and baseball games. And alcohol has also been sold in certain private sections of the football stadium. The school said its athletics department, campus police and the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission reviewed the activity at those other sporting events before signing off.
It's not yet clear how much beer will cost, or which brands will be sold. The school's licensed vendor, Sodexo, will be in charge of that.
"Fan safety and enjoyment remains our no. 1 priority as we work through the process of expanding beer and wine sales into all seating areas of the stadium," Texas Men's Athletics Director Steve Patterson said in a statement. "During our expansive pilot, we found fans and staff handled the situation responsibly and we had no negative issues or situations. We will continue to monitor the service closely."
Texas Tech should follow the steps Texas is making and sell beer and wine in all areas of Jones AT&T Stadium. Right now, only those in the box seats are able to purchase beer and wine while those in the stands can not.
For Texas Tech, it makes sense to sell beer and wine during games. They can rake in a ton of money while improving the experience for fans. The fact is, football fans like beer. If I were in charge at Texas Tech, I would allow beer and wine sales while preventing fans from re-entering the stadium after halftime if they leave. Keep the fans inside and rake in the money.
Some may worry that more drunk fans will be in attendance, but that doesn't worry me. Texas Tech will deal with those people when they have to like they do now. Responsible adults will be able to enjoy a cold beer while watching the game and that is a good thing.
Come on Texas Tech, make it happen!
Obama and Gun Control
It didn't take long for the left to turn the tragedy in Charleston into an opportunity to talk about gun control. As FOX News reported, that included the President who thought it would be a great time to lecture America.
President Obama on Thursday linked gun control to the Charleston church shooting in his first statement on Thursday, saying the nation needed to “come to grips” with the issue in the wake of the massacre that killed nine people.
“At some point, we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this type of mass violence does not happen in other advanced countries. It doesn’t happen in other places with this kind of frequency,” Obama said. “And it is in our power to do something about it.”
Obama’s Justice Department is investigating the mass shooting as a hate crime. But as the president addressed the tragedy in the White House briefing room, he also turned to politics -- trying to focus the national conversation not just on race and violence, but gun laws.
Once again, the president said, someone who wanted to do harm “had no trouble getting their hands on a gun.” The man arrested in the killings, Dylann Roof, reportedly received a .45-caliber pistol from his father for his 21st birthday in April.
The President made his comments without knowing the mental state of the shooter, which we could find played a large role in the shooting. The suspect was a racist and he is evil. Evil will always find a way to cause harm. A lecture over gun control is not what this country needs. Instead, maybe we should talk about mental problems.
Don't blame the gun for what happened in Charleston. Blame the person behind the gun.
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