“Patrick Neville was a 15-year-old sophomore at Columbine High School in 1999,” npr.org reports. “He was on his way to a fast food lunch when the shooting started. Two students, armed with guns and pipe bombs, had stormed the Colorado school, on their way to killing one teacher and 12 students — some were Neville’s friends. Neville, now a Colorado State Representative, says that many of Columbine’s teachers and faculty acted heroically that day. But . .
he says, ‘I truly believe that had some of them had the legal authority to be armed, more of my friends might be with me today.’ That’s part of the reason that Neville, a Republican, has proposed legislation in Colorado that would give anyone with a concealed weapons permit — ‘any law-abiding citizen,’ Neville says — the right to carry firearms in public schools.”
Needless to say, NPR gives a lot more air time to an opponent of “guns in schools” legislation currently under consideration in Colorado, Wyoming and North Dakota. Also needless to say, the counter-argument makes about as much sense as an Israeli supermodel link on a website seeking to [metaphorically] embrace female gun owners (e.g., “If I had a gun, kids are around me all of the time. They’re giving me hugs. So where do I keep that gun?”).
But that doesn’t change the fact that someone who’s been there – someone who’s been in the middle of a horrific active shooter event at a high school and paid at least part of the price – is arguing for common sense gun laws. For his pro-gun advocacy, we thank Colorado State Representative Patrick Neville and pledge to do whatever we can to help him do what we all want to do: keep our children safe from evil.