In the wake of the Monday attack on the Ohio State University campus in which a Somali-born refugee ran his car into a crowd of pedestrians and then attacked them with a butcher knife, the Ohio state legislature was set to adopt a sweeping change that could allow students to carry concealed weapons on campus.
According to The Columbus Dispatch, House Bill 48 — a bill that would reduce the penalties for carrying a firearm on campus from a felony to a misdemeanor — was set to be considered this week by the state Senate.
The bill, which “also would allow universities to adopt policies permitting people to carry concealed handguns on campus,” passed the Republican-controlled Ohio house of representatives by a 68-29 margin last year.
A Senate committee was already set to vote on the bill Wednesday, even before the Ohio State attack. It waas scheduled to have two hearings, after which the bill — if it passes — would be sent to Ohio Gov. John Kasich for his signature.
The bill wouldn’t just deal with college campuses, either. It would allow concealed carry in certain public areas of airports, day care centers and police stations.
The only reason the Ohio State attack didn’t turn deadly — except for the attacker, of course — was that a police officer had a gun. According to the BBC, 28-year-old Officer Alan Horujko was able to neutralize suspect Abdul Razak Ali Artan before the 18-year-old attacker was able to kill anybody.
What if he hadn’t been there, though? Men like Artan don’t care about the laws prohibiting them from concealed-carrying. All these laws do is prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves.
If House Bill 48 manages to make it through the Senate and is signed into law by Gov. Kasich, that could all change. We can only hope that Ohio lawmakers do the sensible thing and allow the Second Amendment to work in the way it was intended to.
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