School Shooting Survivor Advocates for Guns on Campus

by
posted on April 2, 2018
patrick-neville.jpg

Each year that he has been in the Colorado House of Representatives, Patrick Neville has pushed for a change to state law that currently prohibits guns on school campuses.

In and of itself, it might not be too unusual for someone to fight for a particular cause year after year. But what sets Neville’s case apart is that he was at Columbine High School on April 20, 1999, when a couple of his schoolmates went on a shooting spree that killed 12 students and one teacher.

That bears repeating. He was there at a school shooting and today he is advocating for concealed carry by law-abiding citizens on campus.

Compare that to the high school students across the nation who have taken to the airwaves and protest rallies to call for tighter gun control in the wake of the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and you’ll have a study in contrasts.

On the one hand, you see today’s students—who have been bombarded with the “guns are the problem” message—joining forces with a social media-driven movement simply because it’s the fad of the moment. On the other hand, you have a victim of something just as senseless who realizes that the very fact that schools are gun-free zones leaves them vulnerable to such mayhem.

Neville participated in a video message for The Daily Signal about how best to address the problem of school shootings. He talks about what shaped his views and why firearms freedom is getting a bad rap.

His argument has its share of support. When you have a responsible armed adult on campus, that person can bring a quick end to any threat of violence at a school, much like we saw in Maryland recently. Although the latest reports show that the assailant killed himself, contradicting the earlier message that a quick-acting school resource officer ended the threat, the law enforcement officer’s timely reaction to the situation no doubt played a role.

Neville’s message is simple. By making it common knowledge that schools are gun-free zones, we are essentially telling would-be criminals that they’ll meet little resistance if they want to wreak havoc.

Whether it’s the prospect of training and arming teachers, or whether it’s a renewed emphasis on assigning more school resource officers across the nation, having a legitimate response on hand to put down any violent threats is more likely to achieve the end goal than more gun control ever would.

Latest

The Armed Citizen
The Armed Citizen

The Armed Citizen® June 11, 2024

True stories of the right to keep and bear arms.

Ricky Skaggs Is NRA Country

A life full of music: That’s the story of Ricky Skaggs. His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass.

Honest Advice from a Chicago Dispatcher

Life in Chicago can be rough, and having city leaders that are tougher on law-abiding gun owners than on violent criminals makes it a lot rougher.

NRA Fights California’s Latest Anti-Gun Scheme

California’s latest attack on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding Americans came in the form of an attempt to limit purchases of firearms to one per month. The NRA is fighting back.

The Armed Citizen® June 7, 2024

True stories of the right to keep and bear arms.

Refuse To Be A Victim—More Relevant Than Ever

The NRA Refuse To Be A Victim (RTBAV) program is becoming more and more relevant as time passes.



Get the best of America's 1st Freedom delivered to your inbox.