Well, do you?
Because according to Monica Moll, Public Safety Director at Ohio State University, “we’re very fortunate that an OSU officer was there and took quick action.” She was speaking of today’s attack at OSU by a terrorist who used a car and a knife to brutalize unarmed college students, sending eleven to the hospital, one with critical injuries.
“Fortunate.” A synonym for fortunate is “lucky,” and Moll is right…it was lucky that an OSU police officer was on the scene of the attack almost immediately, and was able to shoot and kill the attacker within a minute or two.
But there’s such a thing as bad luck, too. What if an armed officer had not been close by? What if the terrorist had four, or five, or ten minutes to hack at defenseless students with a knife before someone could be summoned to bring a gun to the scene and shoot him? Because the truth is that there will NOT always be an armed officer nearby; more often it will in fact take several minutes for one to arrive at the scene of a violent attack.
Ohio State University, like many college campuses across the country, is what is commonly (and falsely) referred to as a “gun free zone.” In fact, Ohio law prohibits the carrying of firearms into college buildings, and OSU policy bans them anywhere on the property, even in vehicles. And all such laws and policies do is ensure that the law abiding are disarmed and disadvantaged when faced with an attacker such as the one at OSU today.
In fact, today’s “fortunate” outcome should be viewed as testament to the fact that “gun free zones” are the only places where such attacks have any hope of succeeding, and that one good person with a gun can end such an attack quickly and decisively. But we cannot depend on good fortune to put a police officer in the right place, at the right time, every time. By ending “gun free zones” and allowing good people the arms to defend themselves, we can certainly improve our odds.
Luck is not a plan. Prayers for Ohio State.