This Columbine Survivor Just Introduced a Bill That is Guaranteed to Be Controversial
Patrick Neville, a Republican who serves in the Colorado legislature, is not your average state representative. He is a survivor of the infamous 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado. That day, twelve students, a teacher, and the two perpetrators themselves were victims of gun violence. Neville learned firsthand that gun control laws are futile, and schools cannot be guaranteed “gun free zones.” Now Representative Neville has introduced a bill to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit to carry a gun in public schools.
This bill will allow honest law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for protection if they choose to, but most importantly, it will give them the right to be equipped to defend our children from the most dangerous situations.
The bill is expected to pass the Republican-controlled Senate, but die in the Democratic-controlled House.
Similar bills have been introduced in Florida, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, Texas and Wyoming. Anti-gun activists are strongly opposed to the option of concealed carry in schools.
While Columbine and the other school shooting tragedies in our recent past have been perpetrated by mentally-disturbed individuals, there is growing cause for concern about political attacks. A recent article in Bearing Arms reports:
The Expected Attack (should we ™ that?) is the long expected mass attack on an American public school (or schools) by cells of Islamic terrorists who have been transiting our virtually undefended southern border for more than a decade.
William Forstchen wrote a chilling novella called Day of Wrath imagining how such a series of attacks might be conducted across the nation, and reading it will make you sick to your stomach as you realize just how vulnerable our schools are to these sorts of attacks.
U.S. counter-terrorism experts agree that this kind of attack is coming to America, but government on every level and education administrators refuse to acknowledge the certainty of these attacks. They have instead have retreated into the “it can’t happen here” delusion that should have been shattered once and for all on September 11, 2001.
After a December terrorist attack on a Pakistani school left 150 students and teachers dead, government officials declared that arming teachers with concealed weapons is a “logical step” considering the threat of Islamic terrorism. At Peshawar’s Government High School for Boys, principal Abdul Saeed keeps a loaded handgun nearby. He will not be caught defenseless if mass killers attack his school.
“After what I have seen I refuse to be helpless and unarmed if anyone comes in to attack my students the way [the militants] did in December.
“We were once warriors of the chalk and the blackboard. Now we must be soldiers at war and fight for the cause of education and a brighter future for our children.”
It is telling that the people who are advocating for arming teachers are the very same people who have experienced these kinds of attacks firsthand.