A school shooting in California was over in less than a minute and off-duty first responders that were on the scene jumped in immediately, saving lives.
But the details of the incident reveals a major flaw in the debate amongst gun control advocates.
A school shooting in Santa Clarita, California took the lives of two students and injured several others on Thursday, November 14th. But it could have been much worse.
Three off-duty police officers that were on the scene dropping off their own children, didn’t think twice before running into the chaos.
Response time was within 16 seconds. These officers are credited with saving lives for immediately rendering first aid to students that had been shot. They are heroes.
— SCV Sheriff (@SCVSHERIFF) November 14, 2019
But despite the quick response and neutralization of the threat… it seems that none of the “common sense” gun laws that are being pushed for by gun control advocates would have prevented the shooting from happening.
NineLine News dug into the incident and compared it against current measures that are being pushed in government.
First off, the perpetrator was 16-years-old. It was straight up illegal for him to own or possess a firearm and not a single universal background check would have stopped it.
Secondly, he didn’t use an AR-15 or any type of the so-called “assault weapons” that activists want to flat-out ban in the United States. He used a .45 caliber handgun.
While debating gun control legislation on the Senate floor, Sen. Richard Blumenthal learns of the reported shooting in California.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 14, 2019
He reportedly didn’t use a high-capacity magazine. Police say that the teen unloaded five rounds during the shooting, and confirmed that the gun was empty when it was recovered.
And finally, no prior mental health concerns had been made about the suspect. So even if he was marked as a ‘red flag’, the gun that he shouldn’t have been in possession in in the first place wouldn’t have been taken away.
It seems as though the argument for commonsense gun laws still won’t be able to protect evil acts from being committed.
That didn’t stop politicians from joining in on the social media debate.
Yesterday, a 16-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy didn’t get to return home to their families.
These horrific tragedies are preventable. No child should ever have to fear that they or their classmates could be next.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 15, 2019
What’s even more ridiculous is that if this had happened in Connecticut, those off-duty officers would be considered criminals for their role in responding to the shooting. In accordance with Connecticut general statute Sec. 53a-217b, Possession of a weapon on school ground is considered a Class D felony.
And yes, this law applies to Connecticut’s Law Enforcement officers.
If the off-duty officers had a firearm on their person, and entered school grounds to assist in this type of incident, they could potentially be charged with a class D felony.
The statute in part reads; (a) A person is guilty of possession of a weapon on school grounds when, knowing that such person is not licensed or privileged to do so, such person possesses a firearm or deadly weapon, as defined in section 53a-3, (1) in or on the real property comprising a public or private elementary or secondary school, or (2) at a school-sponsored activity as defined in subsection (h) of section 10-233a.
Now many will say, who would actually prosecute officers for helping victims of a mass casualty event? Maybe they never would be. But that’s not the point. The real point is, why aren’t law enforcement officers allowed to carry a firearm that they are trained to use?
Especially in a state that has already witnessed a horrific school shooting, why are we not allowing off-duty officers to carry on school property?
In situations like this, it has the potential to save lives.
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If an individual does not follow the law stated above, and carries a weapon on to school property to inflict harm on others, wouldn’t we want our trained officers to have the ability to stop that individual without the fear of recourse?
Cops have children. Cops have to drop those children off at school and pick those children up at times. Cops have to bring forgotten lunches, sports uniforms left at home, or permission slips to the office.
Cops are just like regular parents, whether people would want to believe that or not.
“Detective Daniel Finn of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station was driving away when he heard gunshots and saw terrified children run out. He turned his car around and rushed into the school.”
But doing all of those above, while carrying a firearm, would be considered a Class D felony in Connecticut.
Officers are only allowed to carry on school property unless in an official capacity, of they have obtained permission by school administrators to attend a school event in such a capacity.
If you’re thinking that no one would charge an officer with violating this statute, I wouldn’t be so sure on that. And, if you are still thinking that, you’re missing the point of this article.
So why are they, in an off-duty capacity, not allowed to do something they are expected to do while on duty?
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva told reporters:
“It’s a tragedy every way you look at it, but there’s a silver lining behind this: the fact that off-duty first responders were there and did not hesitate, turned around, and went right into the source of the gunfire to attempt to neutralize it, and they rendered first aid immediately. “
“As soon as they saw the six victims, they saw the handgun was there, they realized there was not a pending threat immediately and they tended to the care of all of the victims and got the first aid rolling.” Villanueva said to KTLA. “Their actions definitely saved lives, and my hat’s off to them.”