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Headline: “Columbine survivor, now a lawmaker, pushes to legalize guns in schools”

by Chad Baus

4:50PM Thursday, March 10 2016

USA Today reported recently that Colorado State Rep. Patrick Neville, a survivor of the Columbine High School shooting, has introduced a bill that would allow guns in Colorado schools.

According to the article, Neville was a student at Columbine on April 20, 1999, when two peers opened fire, killing 13 people.

From the article:

“The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children,” Neville said in a statement, according to The Hill.

“More of my friends would still be alive today.”

The bill put forward by Neville, a Republican, would let teachers with concealed weapons permits carry guns at the state's schools in an attempt to halt future shootings.

“Unfortunately, the current system continues to leave our children as sitting targets for criminals intent on doing harm," he said.

As my friend Ron Borsch observes, "law enforcement is handicapped by “delayed notification time, call taking time, officer response time, entry time, locating the killer time in a typically huge facility, and dealing with the killer time." 

At Columbine, the killers enjoyed more than three-quarters of an hour to conduct their murderous rampage. State Rep. Neville knows all too well that the when violence strikes and students’ lives are on the line, every second matters. Faster response is better response.

Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.

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