Best of Austin 2011
Best Activist: John Woods
(Readers Poll, Politics & Personalities)
Texas education is neglected in more ways than one, including practical approaches to keeping our students safe. With an amazing perseverance rooted in love and passionate knowledge, John Woods has feverishly pursued the fight to protect colleges from mandates allowing faculty and students to carry concealed handguns on campus. His group, Students for Gun-Free Schools, believes that fighting guns with guns is insane and that the best prevention for campus violence is properly identifying the warning signs of future violence in students. As a transplant from Virginia Tech whose girlfriend was killed on that horrific day, Woods knows firsthand the mindlessness behind the locked-and-loaded approach. Armed only with countless supporters and the findings of the Virginia Tech Review Panel, Woods can be found fighting his fight on the Capitol grounds, online, and talking to anyone who will listen to his reasoned and logical approach to violence prevention on our nation's campuses.
Students for Gun Free Schools, 100-C W. Dean Keeton, 512/850-5824