Once again a senseless, horrific tragedy involving firearms has taken the lives of thirteen college kids and have wounded 20 others (some maybe for life). A 20-year old male opened fire on young adults attending classes at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.
This makes school shooting #142 since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary in December of 2012 — and already people are blaming it on “gun free school zones.”
Here’s the kicker about that: Oregon, per state legislation, allows the carrying of concealed weapons on public post-secondary campuses!
Due to recent state legislation and court rulings, 7 states now have provisions allowing the carrying of concealed weapons on public postsecondary campuses. These states are Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Oregon, Utah, and Wisconsin. In March 2014, Idaho’s legislature passed a bill permitting concealed weapons on campus and making it the 7th state to permit guns on campus.
BUT WAIT: CAN’T SCHOOLS IN OREGON CHOSE WHETHER OR NOT THEY WANT GUNS ON THEIR CAMPUS?
No, not in Oregon. As the NCSL states:
In 23 states the decision to ban or allow concealed carry weapons on campuses is made by each college or university individually: Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.
Notice Oregon is not on the list.
When people say, “this is what happens when we allow gun free zones,” that is the equivalent of saying “she was asking for it” when a woman is raped.
Only this time, the victims cannot be blamed. Not from the NRA, not from Dana Losech, not from Wayne LaPierre.
On October 1st 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon, a good-guy with a gun failed to stop a bad guy with a gun (until the police were finally able to kill him – after 13 people had been murdered).
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