He must have been the kind of child who had to be told more than once not to put his hand in the fire on the gas stove.
That’s the only reasonable explanation as to why Colorado House Minority Leader Patrick Neville (R), who was a sophomore at Columbine High School when one of the first of the modern mass school shootings took place, is introducing legislation to eliminate gun-free zones in Colorado schools.
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Apparently buying into the myth that the only way to prevent school shootings is by arming every teacher and student to the teeth, Rep. Neville never took the time to think about the fact that every policeman ever shot on duty was already armed, and heavily trained, and they never managed to escape injury, so what will a math teacher with a gun and a herd of terrified students be able to accomplish.
Being present at one of the worst and most publicized school shootings in American history with 13 people killed didn’t stop Rep. Neville from trying to make it easier to bring guns into schools, but this is a man who used the shooting at a Republican Congressional baseball team practice as an opportunity for campaign fundraising, so his shamelessness apparently knows no bounds.
Neville is nothing if not consistent, having introduced a version of the same bill every year since he was elected in 2014. He told a blatant lie in support of his discredited theory that arming everyone would result in fewer gun deaths.
“Time and time again we point to the one common theme with mass shootings, they occur in gun-free zones,” Neville told The Washington Times.
With worldwide statistics showing a direct correlation between the number of firearms available in a country and a higher number of gun deaths, Neville’s claim is not only disproven statistically, but he seems to have forgotten that two armed guards were on duty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida when Nikolas Cruz spent all of three minutes murdering 17 people.
The continued availability of semi-automatic weapons with high-capacity magazines means that an enormous number of people can be killed before anyone has the chance to unholster their weapons. The only solution to this sad reality is to eliminate the availability of these killing machines… and to vote people like Rep. Neville out of office.
Until the next election, however, instilling a healthy dose of shame into Mr. Neville is not a bad idea. The number of his Denver office is 303-866-5523. Why not call and tell him what you think of his idea of ending restrictions on guns in Colorado schools? Just don’t say that you wish the Columbine shooters had targeted him while he was there. That would be in extremely bad taste.