At some point, our country might finally realize that the solution to gun violence is not more guns.
A gunman opened fire Nov. 20 at Florida State’s library, shooting and wounding three people. Police officers shot and killed the gunman, 31-yearold Myron May, shortly after the incident.
Library employee Nathan Scott, who was shot in the leg, is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry.
Last week, the group cited the shooting in calling for concealed weapons to be allowed on state university campuses. The NRA’s Tallahassee lobbyist, Marion Hammer, told the Miami Herald that she hopes to have a “thoughtful, deliberative” conversation on the subject when the Legislature reconvenes.
“We’re not going to rush into it emotionally, like a lot of people do after a tragedy,” Hammer said. “But the reality is, there is a ban of guns on campus, and that did not stop an attacker. The law never stops the bad guy. It only stops the good guys from being able to protect themselves and others.”
Actually, in this case, a security barrier stopped the bad guy. May was blocked from entering the library by barriers that permit only students and staff inside, The Associated Press reported.
The good guys in this case were local police officers, who responded within two minutes and killed May before he could shoot anyone else.
The idea that arming college kids would make campuses safer defies logic.
State university police chiefs unanimously opposed lifting the ban on firearms on campuses when the proposal came before the Legislature in 2011.
The measure went down to defeat thanks in large part to GOP state Sen. John Thrasher. He cited the story of his friend’s daughter, who was accidentally shot to death in a Florida State fraternity house, in opposing the change.
More guns on campus would make situations such as the Florida State library shooting more dangerous and the jobs of campus police more difficult.
The last thing anyone needs when an active shooter is on campus is gunfire from students or university employees who are well meaning but lack training or experience for dealing with such a threat.
Look around the world: The countries with the lowest rates of gun ownership have the fewest firearm deaths.
One would think mass shootings would wake us up to that fact rather than continue us spiraling in the opposite direction.
From Halifax Media Group.