To the Editor:
In Mr. Cooper’s letter to the editor (Troy Daily News, March 4), House Bill 48 (guns everywhere) not “the problem” — I would highly like to disagree.
Mr. Cooper assumes that everyone in college is under 21 years old so they wouldn’t have a conceal carry permit. The average graduation age is 25 and much high in some universities.
Mr. Cooper assumes that since students are not 21, there won’t be alcohol on campus. Dream on.
Mr. Cooper says colleges have the right to ban firearms, which is true. What happens if you presently have a student enrolled or has been accepted to a school that doesn’t ban firearms and this law is passed? Not easy to move your son or daughter in or out of a school.
Mr. Cooper assumes every concealed weapon holder is a responsible firearm holder. Just a few from Ohio only. Check it out!
On July 4, 2007, concealed handgun permit holder Terrance Hough was convicted for killing three, wounded two. He was entenced to life without parole. Cleveland Plain Dealer — May 16, 2008.
On August 6, 2007, concealed handgun permit holder Mark Langlois shot and killed the general manager and vice president where he worked. He was sentenced to life without parole. Toledo Blade — November 24, 2011.
On October 17, 2011 concealed handgun permit holder Brian Kolesar shot his girlfriend, then himself. The girlfriend had a protection order, so why did this guy have a gun? Newark Advocate — October 20, 2011.
On April 4, 2013 concealed handgun permit holder Bruce Hively shot and killed an 18-year-old in a road rage incident. Gallipolis Daily Tribune — April 12, 2013.
Most states don’t release detailed information on crimes committed by concealed handgun permit holders and incidents have to be obtained from news reports. Why!
Tell your state senator to trash House Bill 48, which would allow concealed loaded weapons on our college campuses, school safety zones, day care centers and many other places.
— George Riegle