Well, I had a few notes planned for this week…..then the week happened.
There is a story in the LA Times highlighting every school shooting/lockdown event this week, plus we have the mall shooting in Maryland.
So this week, we’re keeping it really brief. This week an emphasis on CCW on Campus, the FBI says AR-15s in schools are a solid idea, and a look back to the Arapahoe shooting. Thanks once again to Armed Novelist for helping out this week.
1.) CCW On Campus. The current gun bill in the Georgia Legislature does not have a provision for CCW on Campus. This does not mean that CCW On Campus won’t come up in a later bill. The demise of the CCW On Campus provision comes after an attempt to leave the decision to ALL university admins was potentially unconstitutional.
2.) ARs in Schools. Meanwhile, a report from the FBI seems to suggest that putting AR-15s in schools may be a better idea than many are wanting to admit. The report reads in part:
The data clearly support equipping officers with patrol rifles. Many ASE sites involve open spaces or long hallways that create engagement distances beyond the ability of most officers to effectively engage a suspect with a pistol. Add this to the possibility that the officers may have to place precision fire on a suspect while avoiding hitting fleeing or injured victims, and the need for patrol rifles is clear. Additionally, about a quarter of attackers are armed with rifles. Officers ought to have firepower at least equivalent to what they will face if they go in harm’s way.
So the FBI supports armed officers in schools with ARs, while the head of INTERPOL suggests an armed citizenry can prevent massive attacks. Alongside that and the PoliceOne survey, it’s doubtful we’ll be hearing much about how Law Enforcement “overwhelmingly” supports gun control.
3.) Arapahoe. As with most mass shootings, the warning signs were ignored at Arapahoe as well. A guard named Camerson Rust says that the administation there ignored multiple warnings about the shooters erratic behavior. Arapahoe, of course, was where the shooter was stopped by an armed guard. Not that anyone wants to discuss that….
4.) Preparation. How many people carry a knife and a gun with them? How many of you have been told “you’ll never need it.”
In talking to The Armed Novelist tonight, a story from 2012 about a man named Chris Willden came up. Willden had come across a car that had slipped off of bridge, landing wheels-up in an icy river. Willden shot out the windows, and used a knife to cut away the seat belts. From The Truth About Guns:
He said the other two children were lifeless, the boy upside down in his car seat and the second girl floating in the front passenger compartment. Both were pulled from the vehicle.Buzzy Mullahkel, of North Logan, told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City that the boy wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, but was revived when another passer-by performed CPR.“Emotions started taking over when he started to breathe. Everybody started to cheer. Lots of tears and clapping,” said Mullahkel, a father of a 4-year-old.
Guns, ladies and gentlemen, are tools. Nothing more, nothing less.