Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville, who was a Columbine High School sophomore at the time of the 1999 mass shooting, is pushing legislation that he says would protect students — by getting rid of gun restrictions in schools. He has introduced the bill annually since he was elected in 2014, The Washington Times reported. Previous attempts have been turned down. Neville, a Republican, told The Times the current law “creates a so-called gun free zone in every K-12 public school.” Under Colorado law, concealed-carry permit holders may bring firearms onto school property, according to The Times, but must keep them locked inside their vehicles. “Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones,” Neville told The Times. He added law-abiding citizens should be able “to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios.” The massacre on Valentine’s Day of last week in Florida has renewed a nationwide debate about gun violence and how to prevent mass shootings. Nikolas Cruz, 19, was suspected of opening fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, where he was a former student, killing 17 people and injuring more than a dozen others. Neville has contended, according to The Times, that more of his classmates would have survived the attack if faculty had been armed. In April 1999, two teens killed 12 fellow students and a teacher before killing themselves inside Columbine High School, in Littleton, Colorado.
And those of us who where here then, remember it as if it were yesterday… The good Colorado state rep is exactly right. So-called “Gun Free Zones” are a disaster. The laws creating them were probably done so with good intentions, but based on emotional reaction; NOT thinking the issue through. The only thing a Gun Free Zone sign does is tell a criminal that it’s a place where they can open fire, and nobody will shoot back. That’s all! It’s a stunningly stupid idea. And, it’s time we abolished them and give teachers and administrators the right to conceal carry so they can protect their charges; their students. Kudos to CO State Rep Neville for continuing to push the issue in Colorado.