What’s going on?
Patrick Neville, a sophomore at Columbine High School during the 1999 shooting, is now a Colorado state legislator fighting to reduce restrictions on guns at schools. After surviving the shooting, Neville joined the Army, served a tour in Iraq and was later elected to the Colorado House of Representatives.
What’s his solution to prevent gun violence?
The Colorado House minority leader wants to give people the right to concealed carry in schools, which are typically gun-free zones, and he has reintroduced a bill that would give gun owners with a permit the right to carry on school property. Under current state law, concealed carry permit holders have to leave their weapon in their vehicles.
Neville has filed such a bill each year since he was first elected in 2014.
“This act would allow every law-abiding citizen 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 told the Washington Times.
Neville’s voice needs to be heard as we try to find ways to stop these horrifying acts of violence. “The reality is, we are bringing nothing to a gunfight with evil every single day,” Glenn said. “We should listen to all sides so we can give ourselves and our children a chance.”
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article provided courtesy of TheBlaze.
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This is a rush transcript and may contain errors.
GLENN: We should listen and respect those who have — who have lived through a mass shooting. Especially after they have gained perspective. Patrick was a sophomore at Columbine high school when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris massacred their classmates. He was one of the lucky ones. He walked away with his life that day. And he vowed that he would live a life of service, because God had granted him that blessing of living.
So Patrick went on to join the Army. He served a tour in Iraq. When he came home, he was elected to the Colorado statehouse of representatives, where he served his constituents since 2014. Every year since he was elected, Patrick has introduced legislation, to remove the restrictions on concealed carry in school.
In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shooting and the renewed call for gun control, Patrick is pushing his legislation just as hard.
Under the current Colorado law, anyone who has a concealed carry permit may bring firearms onto school property. But you have to keep them locked inside their vehicles. That’s a quote from the law. Patrick says that doesn’t go far enough. His act would allow every law-abiding citizen who holds a concealed carry permit, the right to defend themselves and others at all times. Patrick says, time and time again, we point to one common theme with the mass shootings. They all occur in gun-free zones.
As a former Columbine student, who was a sophomore during the shooting on April 20th, 1999, I will do everything in my power to prevent Colorado families from enduring the hardships that my classmates and I face that day.
People are arguing and will continue to argue. More guns equal more violence. But they forget that the vast majority of guns are in the hands of responsible and good people.
There was a coach last week that stood in the way. Used his body to block. If he had a gun, how many could he have saved? He died a hero. But many died after him.
The reality is, we are bringing nothing to a gunfight with evil every single day. Perhaps we should have this conversation, but we should listen to all sides. So we can give ourselves and our children a chance, with an equal contender.