The Los Angeles Times ran an editorial on January 17th declaring that allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry their firearms on campus would be “dangerous” and “silly.” Further, they stated that they believe it is pointless to do because law-abiding citizens rarely use a gun for self-defense.
The Los Angeles Times piece goes on to argue that campuses are not the right environment for guns, which conflicts with the newest Texas law that allows people licensed to carry concealed weapons to do so on college campuses. The Times calls it ironic that Texas’s campus carry law went into effect on August 1, 2016, which is the anniversary of a shooting attack carried out on the University of Texas campus some five decades ago.
What the Times fails to recognize is that in the event of these types of attacks, law abiding citizens are left defenseless. They also never bring up the Virginia Tech attack, the Umpqua Community College attack, and the UCLA murder-suicide, which all took place in gun-free zones. They also never refer to the November 28, 2016 Ohio State Campus attack, which afterwards Ohio lawmakers passed campus carry.
The Times squabbles that once someone has armed himself and starts shooting up a school or a workplace or a neighborhood, intending to kill as many people as possible, little can be done. However, The Times failed to give one instance where there was an incident that took place in an area where guns were allowed. They even went as far as to say that it’s unsafe for women to keep guns in their home to use for self defense.