I am a certified NRA instructor, range safety officer and the facilitator of the Walla Walla Chapter of A Girl and A Gun Women’s Shooting League. “My Safety, My Choice — If I fall down, I don’t wait for someone to pick me up. If I’m hungry, I feed myself. If I’m in danger, I’ll protect myself. It’s my life to defend.”
I have the right to carry a gun. Waiting for response from authorities is not always practical.
The Santa Barbara shooter’s parents had him in therapy, and his mother had called authorities twice after seeing his violent rants online. Her last effort to intervene came on Friday night, after she went to her son’s YouTube channel and found a disturbing video.
She called police, and both parents raced to Santa Barbara, but arrived after the bloody spree had ended.
There were so many signs of what his intentions were, yet no one intervened. In this case, three of the victims were stabbed, yet no one is calling for a ban on knives or blaming the manufacturers of the knives.
To say college students having a party, and assume they are drinking and doing drugs, are going to shoot someone because of something that is said or done is a scenario. If that’s the case, then alcohol consumption and drug use should be addressed, not whether or not they are allowed to have guns on campus.
There are a variety of things that can be used to kill someone if you are intent on doing such a thing, not just guns. It’s foolish to think that it’s the “gun” causing the deaths.
It can’t load itself, it can’t pull the trigger. It is a totally inanimate object. It takes a person to do this. Banning guns is not the answer.