As I drove around the state with my 2002 gubernatorial campaign manager Ted Semon, every time we would pass a school with a no guns allowed sign, he would observe that there was another “protection free zone.”
That’s what came to mind when I heard the security guards at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College did not carry weapons.
The campus was a “protection free zone.”
The police arrived in a couple of minutes.
One wonders if fewer people would have been killed, if the campus police had been allowed to carry sidearms.
It’s the same question I asked myself when the massacre at Northern Illinois University occurred.
What if the former member of the Armed Services sitting in the front row of the lecture hall had been allowed to and had carried a guy?
Could she have shot the shooter before the police arrived?
McHenry County College police have guns.
If a former student decided to follow the example of the former student in Oregon’s community college, there’s a chance he would know that there are guns on campus.
Not as much a deterrence as there could be, but better than nothing.