Another mass shooting in a gun free zone — this time in a culture that speaks honestly about what is going on.
At the time I am writing this post it is October 1 and I am listening to the CNN Newsroom on the TuneIn “Radio” app on my iPhone. There has been another mass shooting.
At this point there are not many details and even fewer can be confirmed. Drudge linked this story at the L.A. Times:
At least seven people were killed and 20 injured by a gunman who opened fire Thursday at a southwestern Oregon community college, officials said.
A photographer for the Roseburg News-Review newspaper said he saw people being loaded into multiple ambulances and taken to the local hospital.
Umpqua Community College has about 3,000 students.
State Police Lt. Bill Fugate told KATU-TV that seven to 10 people were dead and at least 20 others were injured.
The reports keep changing. Based on what I am hearing from CNN it looks like we have at least ten dead along with the twenty injured. [Addendum: before posting this I saw an updated count of 13 dead.] Roseburg, Oregon, is about 180 miles south of Portland.
It seems Roseburg is a culturally conservative area in some respects. Several of the people interviewed have noted the college campus was a gun free zone. They have made it quite clear that they think the college policy has made those students more vulnerable to being killed or wounded by a shooter (or shooters) than they would be otherwise.
What else can gun free zones do other than provide a place where a shooter can be relatively certain that no one can shoot back?
As one law enforcement officer said, “A gun free zone means nothing to a shooter.”
Another caller made it pretty clear that Roseburg is the kind of place where many people, relatively speaking, would prefer to concealed carry. Oregon is a “shall issue” state, so it would be quite dangerous, in most places, for a shooter to attempt an attack.
It is not clear to me that even the security officers were armed at the college.
So here is the question: When we get to the CNN talking-head shows, will any of them acknowledge the problem with gun free zones? I will be amazed if that conversation is permitted to take place.