Addressing the elephant in the room

While a group of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High are being used as political pawns and calling for gun control. A Colorado Representative and Columbine survivor is once again introducing a bill for concealed carry in schools.  

Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who attended Columbine High School at the time of the 1999 mass shooting, has again introduced legislation to remove limitations on concealed carry in K-12 schools.

Under state law, concealed-carry permit holders may bring firearms onto school property, but must keep them locked inside their vehicles.

Mr. Neville, who has introduced the bill annually since he was elected in 2014, said the current law “creates a so-called gun free zone in every K-12 public school.”

“This act would allow every law-abiding citizens who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios,” Mr. Neville said in a statement.

The Republican lawmaker has argued that more of his classmates would have survived the attack if some faculty had been armed. Twelve students and one teacher were killed by two teen gunmen at the high school in Littleton, Colorado.

“As a former Columbine student who was a sophomore during the shootings on April 20, 1999, I will do everything in my power to prevent Colorado families from enduring the hardships my classmates and I faced that day,” Mr. Neville said. “Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones.”

 

A hearing on the bill, which stands little chance of passage in the Democrat-controlled House, is slated for Tuesday.

The Parkland survivors have been criticized for speaking out so soon for gun control. Some have said it is insensitive they would let parents mourn before making it political.

“We can respect that. We’ve lost people. It’s important to mourn,” junior Cameron Kasky said Sunday.

“Here’s a time to talk about gun control: March 24. My message for the people in office is: You’re either with us or against us. We are losing our lives while the adults are playing around.”

Meanwhile, the Women’s March is urging students and teachers to walk out of their schools on March 14.

Rush Limbaugh seems to agree with the Columbine survivor. He has also spoken of concealed carry in schools and perhaps having armed security guards. We have armed guards at sporting events and concerts. Why is it when I grew up (graduated high school in 1979) there were no mass shootings in school yet hunters had their rifle hanging in the pickup truck in the school parking lot? The only way to prevent the next psycho from shooting up a school, church, or movie theater is for someone else to have a gun to put a cap in his ass.

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