On November 17, 2014 you stated you're "willing to talk about the possibility of teachers carrying guns in Colorado schools" “I’m certainly open to that discussion,” you said during an interview with CBS4. “The ability of people to defend themselves in a world that increasingly looks chaotic (is important). There is not a parent in this state that doesn’t want to make sure we’re doing everything possible to make their kid safe.”
We immediately reached out to you via phone, email, and finally an op-ed in The Daily Caller, in hopes it would catch your eye. You have done your best to ignore us, but we wont stop until you listen. This is our second, but not final, attempt.
A poll from April 2014 shows the majority of Colorado voters support allowing teachers and school officials to carry guns on school grounds.The latest Quinnipiac University poll found 53 percent of Coloradans were in favor of the policy.
According to TheHill Colorado state representative Patrick Neville (R-Castle Rock), a student at Columbine High School when the school was attacked in April 1999, is pushing for legislation to allow teachers to be armed on campus for self-defense. "This bill will allow honest law-abiding citizens to carry a concealed firearm for protection if they choose to, but most importantly, it will give them the right to be equipped to defend our children from the most dangerous situations.As was the case in 1999, criminals aren't deterred by a flashy sign on the door. The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children."
"Our teachers and faculty were heroic in so many ways that day," he continued. "That's why I truly believe had some of them had the legal authority to be armed, more of my friends would still be alive today."
Lawmakers in North Dakota and Wyoming are also seeking to expand the ability to carry concealed weapons on school grounds.
“We would like schools to have more options for protection,” says North Dakota Rep. Dwight Kiefert, a Republican sponsor of legislation that would allow holders of concealed weapons licenses to bring firearms to school campuses if they receive the school’s permission. “The reason it’s necessary is we have rural schools that are 30 miles away from law enforcement, so we are trying to address the response time [to a potential shooting]. Because by the time law enforcement gets there, it won’t be a rescue anymore”
There have been major advancements for Concealed Carry rights on campuses in several states with pro-gun bills advancing in Wyoming, Florida, Texas, Indiana, Montana, North Dakota, isn't it time for Colorado to protect it's citizens? The push to put more good guys with guns in schools to dissuade and counter bad guys with guns has re-emerged and is expanding at the state level around the country. Isn't it time to really be "open to conversation", as you say?
We hope to hear from you soon, Governor.
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