Gun Control and the Chardon High School Tragedy

by Michael Newbern

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Gun Control and the Chardon High School Tragedy

Earlier today, Chardon High School near Cleveland, Ohio became the site of horrific tragedy. Daniel Parmentor succumbed to injuries when a classmate opened fire in the school cafeteria at 7:30 am. The shooter was able to target four other victims until he fled and was later apprehended by the brave men and women of the Geauga County Sheriff’s Office.

All five victims and their families and friends remain in the thoughts and prayers of Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus.

As we mourn the loss of Daniel and keep the other four victims in our thoughts, we would like to encourage all Buckeyes to allow emotion to subside before considering how this tragedy could have been prevented. Far too often, well intentioned law-makers and advocacy groups propose reactionary legislation that in the end only exacerbates the problem. It is only when we separate emotion from our logic and reason that we are able to truly understand solutions to our problems.

Possession of firearms on the grounds of Ohio’s schools is illegal. Transporting a loaded firearm in a vehicle without a concealed handgun license is illegal. Possession of firearms by a minor is illegal. Yet, none of these restrictions prevented the death of Daniel Parmentor and the wounding of four other students today. Additionally, possession of firearms by felons and concealed carry of a firearm on Ohio’s university campuses are prohibited by Ohio law. Yet those restrictions did not prevent the death of Larry Wallington and the wounding of Henry Butler at Ohio State’s main campus on March 9, 2010.  Instead, bans on the possession of firearms by licensees only remove the law-abiding citizens’ ability to defend him or herself.

It is time we consider another alternative. It is time we open our eyes to FBI statistics and countless peer reviewed academic studies pointing to an armed populace as the single most effective deterrent to crime. It is time we allow campus concealed carry by Ohio’s concealed handgun licensees.

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Buckeyes for Concealed Carry on Campus is an undergraduate student organization at Ohio State University. The group’s sole mission is to restore the right of law-abiding citizens to carry concealed firearms on all public university campuses in Ohio. The group works to accomplish this mission by educating the public, university officials, and lawmakers of the facts about campus carry and lobbying to remove the restrictions on campus carry from the Ohio Revised Code.

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