On December 13, 2013, 18 year old Karl Pierson entered Arapahoe High School in Colorado. He was armed with a shotgun, two bandoliers of ammo and three Molotov cocktails. Apparently Pierson knew he would not meet any armed resistance and carried his shotgun and bandoliers in plain sight.
He had a gripe with a specific teacher and according to law enforcement officers; Pierson was targeting the school library and four classrooms. Shortly after entering the school, he confronted 17 year old Claire Davis and shot her once. She later died of her wounds. Pierson made his way to the library where he ended up taking his own life as the school’s armed resource officer was approaching.
As in all other school shootings, students, faculty and parents experience a range of emotions, the first of which are panic and terror. Then the grief sets in followed by anger and for some guilt that their friend died and they didn’t.
For one parent of an Arapahoe student, the incident made him angry and determined to do what he could to prevent it from happening again to his family or any other Colorado family. State Sen. Ted Harvey’s (R – 30th District) son attends Arapahoe High School. Prior to this shooting, he had introduced a bill to allow school districts to arm their teachers. With the latest shooting hitting a lot closer to home, Harvey is more adamant about getting his bill passed then ever before.
Harvey told Fox News:
“It validated why I think an armed person in the school is a good thing.”
Grayson Robinson, Arapahoe County Sheriff said that the sight of the armed resource officer is what caused Pierson to take his own life and end any further injuries at the school.
If you notice all of the school shootings from before Columbine in 1999 to now take place in schools that are gun free zones or only have a single armed resource officer like at Arapahoe. Had more teachers and faculty been armed, it’s possible that Pierson would never have been allowed to enter the building and Claire Davis would still be alive.
Had faculty at Sandy Hook Elementary School been armed, it’s quite probable that there would have been a lot fewer injuries and casualties. If some lunatic wanted to make a statement, you would think that they would target a school like Sidwell Friends School in Washington DC where the children of President Obama and other dignitaries attend. But you’ve never heard of anyone targeting that school and that’s probably because they have 11 armed guards protecting the students.
So doesn’t it make sense that bills like that of Sen. Harvey be passed in every state to allow teachers and faculty to obtain proper training and conceal carry firearms with them at school? It’s long been known that the best way to defend a country is have it well armed and the same goes for schools and protecting students.
If you live in Colorado, please support Harvey’s bill to protect your kids. If you know of anyone living in Colorado, urge them to support the measure. The lives of students may well depend on the passage of Sen. Harvey’s bill.