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Ohio State Attacks Could Have Been Prevented by the Second Amendment

The Ohio State attacks don’t just raise the question of Islam and terrorism, but also of campus gun control.

The Ohio State attacker did not involve a shooter. The attacker did not use a firearm, only a car and a knife.

If you watch the video above, you will see chairs piled to block a door. The woman interviewed says that they barricaded themselves in because that’s what they had been taught to do.

There are several issues raised by the attacks that the media and the Left don’t want to address. The attacker was Muslim and a Somali refugee (via Pakistan) who had been granted legal permanent residency. The Daily Caller dug up a surreal interview with him:

Furthermore, “The Lantern” — OSU’s campus newspaper — ran an interview with Artan just a few months ago, in which he criticized the school for not having Muslim prayer rooms on campus.

“I wanted to pray in the open, but I was kind of scared with everything going on in the media,” he stated. “I’m a Muslim, it’s not what the media portrays me to be.”

“I don’t blame them,” he continued. “It’s the media that put that picture in their heads so they’re just going to have it, and it’s going to make them feel uncomfortable.”

What kind of picture did Artan think he was putting into our heads?

But don’t let the important issues of ISIS and immigration policy distract you from the other important issue: the Second Amendment.

Yesterday, the Columbus Dispatch reported,

As Ohio State University students and faculty dealt with a campus attack today, the Ohio Senate this week could pass a bill that would reduce the penalty from a felony to a misdemeanor for carrying a gun on a college campus.

House Bill 48, which passed the Republican-controlled House a year ago, 68-29, also would allow universities to adopt policies permitting people to carry concealed handguns on campus.

According to authorities, the man who unleashed an attack at Ohio State today used his vehicle to run people over, and then wielded a butcher knife. He was killed by a campus police officer.

The bill was already scheduled for a possible Senate committee vote on Wednesday morning, prior to the attack at Ohio State. It is set for two hearings this week, and the full Senate could take up the bill as early as Wednesday afternoon, if leaders so choose.

If the students had been armed, fewer people would have been hurt. It is irresponsible to “teach” people to prepare for an attacker without teaching them to arm themselves. Likewise, it is completely twisted to acknowledge that carrying a firearm should not be a felony and yet insist on making it a misdemeanor. What part of the Second Amendment don’t they understand?

The part of the bill that will let universities adopt concealed carry policies is better, but I still have objections. First, education faculty and staff tend to be firearm-phobes (see, for example, the response in Wisconsin). They probably would keep restrictions in place. Second, state universities are taxpayer-funded. Why should the Second Amendment not apply in such places?

The bottom line is that the Ohio State attacks took place in a gun free zone. The Second Amendment could have protected people.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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