Davis County state Rep. Curt Oda received flak for pushing a bill that would allow weapons-permit holders to have guns on schools and colleges and universities. Oda later dropped the bill and is now pushing an end to so-called “gun-free zones” near schools. I’m not a fan of firearms but I can’t buy the argument that Oda’s proposals are unsafe, or might lead to an increase in firearms-related injuries or deaths.
Isn’t it pretty obvious to even the most fervent supporter of gun control that if someone wants to kill a person or persons on a university campus a ban on weapons is not going to stop them? And, although it’s no bet that anyone legally carrying a gun can successfully be a hero if a nut, terrorist or a spurned boyfriend goes crazy, isn’t that chance still better than the victims of the potshot killings that occurred at Virginia Tech?
I don’t plan to carry a legal weapon when I enter Weber State or anywhere else, even if the law one day allows it, but I can’t see a reason — other than a political distaste for weapons turned into law — to deny law-abiding people with concealed-weapons permits the right to defend themselves in the unlikely event an attack occurs. The dirty little secret opponents of Oda’s bills won’t admit is that gun bans do virtually nothing to protect people.