With the way the media has been carrying on for the last week, you would think that there is a one-to-one correlation between those who survive a harrowing mass shooting and those who want Congress to pass sweeping gun control legislation. We’ve heard from dozens of kids who attended that school in Parkland, Florida where a psycho opened fire last week, and they all have something rotten to say about guns, Republicans, Trump, and the NRA.
Of course, until we speak to every single student there, we don’t know the truth, which is that many of the unheard-from students may feel completely different. The media has no interest in talking to them, though.
But there is at least one mass shooting survivor who is speaking out in favor of a solution that has nothing to do with banning guns. Patrick Neville, who attended Columbine High School when two of his classmates went on a murderous rampage in 1999, now sits in the Colorado State legislature as Minority Leader. And in the wake of the Parkland massacre, Neville is introducing legislation that would allow concealed carry in public schools.
“This act would allow every law-abiding citizens who holds a concealed carry permit, issued from their chief law-enforcement officer, the right to carry concealed in order to defend themselves and most importantly our children from the worst-case scenarios,” Neville said in a statement.
“As a former Columbine student who was a sophomore during the shootings on April 20, 1999, I will do everything in my power to prevent Colorado families from enduring the hardships my classmates and I faced that day,” Neville said. “Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones.”
Democrats have tight control over the legislature in Colorado, so it’s unlikely that Neville’s bill will ever get a fair vote. But at the very least, his proposal shows that not every mass shooting survivor thinks the answer is stricter gun control. You may remember, actually, that we didn’t see this kind of reaction from those in Las Vegas last October. Well, of course not: That was a country music concert, filled with red blooded, conservative Americans who know damn well that you don’t respond to terror by giving up your only protection AGAINST terror.
We won’t disparage the high school students in Parkland who have been exploited by the left over the last week. They’ve earned their right to have an opinion and, hell, if we went through that kind of chaos and lost friends last week, we might be angry and irrational as well. Half these kids are probably still in shock. It’s the Democrats who ought to be ashamed of themselves, using these poor children as puppets for their Big State agenda.
Never let a good tragedy go to waste, they say, and boy, Democrats don’t.