In response to the terror attack on the campus of Ohio State University Monday that injured 11 and saw the terrorist killed – thanks to a cop with a well-aimed gun – the Ohio legislature is thinking about loosening the penalty for carrying a gun on campus.
HB 48 reduces the penalty for bringing a gun to campus grounds from a felony to a misdemeanor and would allow universities to make their own policies regarding concealed handguns on campus. It also permits concealed-carry licensees to carry guns inside certain public areas such as day-care centers and designated areas in airports and police stations. State Rep. Ron Maag is the bill’s sponsor.
The legislation was actually passed by the Ohio House last year in a 68-29 vote. Ironically, HB 48 was already scheduled to be considered in Senate committee on Wednesday morning. The entire Senate chamber could possibly take a vote on the bill this week – sending it to Gov. Kasich to sign if he chooses.
The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police is opposed to the bill and the Ohio Prosecuting Attorneys Association has reservations about the legislation’s implications.
These issues will remain as we are having this refugee situation foisted on us, while our rights are still being limited by those on the left.
It is important that people have the ability to exercise their right to keep and bear arms, refugee resettlement program or not. Americans have the right to protect themselves and it is disgusting that our rights have been trampled.
Thank God Officer Alan Horujko was there to stop the terrorist in his tracks, but there isn’t always going to be a police officer there to do so, and in many cases they can’t get there quick enough. Still, 11 people were injured at Ohio State. If everyone had been armed, would they have been injured? It’s hard to say, but I’d rather there be a fighting chance against an attacker than not.
If Horujko hadn’t been there and next to no one was armed, it is nearly certain that it would have been much worse.