Concealed carry of guns on college campuses a terrible idea

May 16, 2014 

Have you ever heard of Colin Goddard? No? Maybe you should Google his name!

He wasn't in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012 where four Americans tragically lost their lives, nor was he working in the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001. But he was in a French class at Virginia Tech University on April 16, 2007.

One may not remember that date but one should. That is the date that 32 Virginia Tech students and teachers were slaughtered in the largest mass shooting by a single gunman in American history.

Colin Goddard was shot four times and yet by the grace of God, Colin survived.

The massacre led to tighter restrictions and the closing of legal loopholes that allowed the shooter, who was previously found mentally unstable, to purchase handguns without a background check by the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS).

Republican President George W. Bush signed into law measures that strengthened the NICS on Jan. 5, 2008.

Colin has become somewhat famous for his comeback to the claim that "guns don't kill people, people kill people," He states; "So check."

Two organizations, the Second Amendment Foundation and Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, are lobbying to permit concealed guns on the college campus! Common sense then would dictate legally concealed weapons at college football games as well.

I hope they don't pass any such law before the Florida State Seminoles/Florida Gators game. Students, alcohol, your team lost, concealed gun and Florida "Stand your turf laws." A lethal combination!

Doug McClaugherty

Sarasota

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