An observation coming a week after the Sandy Hook tragedy was blasted by the left, but literally became words to live by for a Florida rape survivor. "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun," NRA CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said.
In 2014, while a student at Florida State University (FSU), Shayna Lopez-Rivas was the victim of a sexual assault, and since then has made it her mission to permit campus carry in colleges and universities across the state. "He had a knife. I had pepper spray. And even though I ran for blue lights that are scattered all around, [he was] faster, stronger, and I did not win," Lopez-Rivas said, according to News4Jax.
Florida is one of 20 states to have a blanket prohibition of students, who otherwise have concealed carry permits, from carrying handguns on campus. Lopez-Rivas has made it her mission to change that in the Sunshine State.
The group Students for Concealed Carry is in full agreement. It argues that denial of the ability to carry on campus amounts to nothing less than a Second Amendment rights violation.
The last attempt to approve campus carry was introduced in the Florida House last December as HB 6005, and referred to a House Judiciary Committee’s Criminal Justice Subcommittee on January 9. The bill died in committee there four months later.
That and each similar such measure has received stiff push-back from the Campaign to Keep Guns Off Campus, which argues that the crime rates on campuses are already below that of the surrounding communities-at-large, and that safety concerns should be addressed sole by law enforcement. "Campus safety is a serious issue that should not be left to individual gun owners who lack the type and frequency of training required by law enforcement."
Students for Concealed Carry counters that in order for students to possess a carry permit, they have have to pass a background check and receive training in firearm safety and use.
Lopez-Rivas believes that had she been armed with a firearm rather than a can of pepper spray when she was attacked three years ago, events would have turned out in her favor. "The way that I carry it now, I would have been able to prevent what happened to me, yeah," she said.
When the NRA’s LaPierre made his "good guy/bad guy with a gun" observation, he came under fire for politicizing the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting a mere one week after the massacre that took 26 lives.
However, within hours of the tragedy, then-President Barack Obama vowed to push Congress into introducing gun control measures. He said: "As a country, we have been through this too many times. Whether it's an elementary school in Newtown, or a shopping mall in Oregon, or a temple in Wisconsin, or a movie theater in Aurora, or a street corner in Chicago — these neighborhoods are our neighborhoods, and these children are our children. And we're going to have to come together and take meaningful action to prevent more tragedies like this, regardless of the politics.
While nothing ever resulted from Obama’s promise, LaPierre has been vindicated many times over, including once when Boston terrorist bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was killed and his brother Dzhokhar captured by "good guys with guns."
LaPierre said at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, "Boston proved it." Adding, "When brave law-enforcement officers did their jobs so courageously, good guys with guns stopped terrorists with guns."
While the Boston Marathon bombers manhunt was talking place, then-Massachusetts Gov. Deval L. Patrick ordered the unprecedented lockdown of the unarmed citizenry, who "were imprisoned behind the locked doors of their homes."
Meanwhile in Florida, Lopez-Rivas wants to never be left quivering and unarmed behind locked doors. She vows never to be a victim again.
Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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