October 29, 2015: The Tragedy of Corey Jones

Corey Jones was killed by a plainclothes police officer in Palm Beach Gardens.  Corey Jones was waiting for a tow truck.  Corey Jones had a Florida concealed carry permit.  Corey Jones had purchased the handgun that was found at the scene three days before he was killed.

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October 22, 2015: Campus Concealed Carry

Reply to Joe Henderson’s October 16, 2015 column: Let gun ban on campuses stand.   Reply submitted to the Tampa Tribune on October 20, 2015.

As a supporter of HB 4001 and SB 68 I will tell you that there are no assurances that a well-armed student would have dealt with either dangerous situations Mr. Henderson used in his column. The incident on the USF Tampa campus where Benjamin Knox is accused of firing shots at 4 a.m. shows no indication that the shots were fired at an individual.  Benjamin Knox’s actions were irresponsible and potentially deadly.  The difference between Benjamin Knox and Oregon’s Chris Harper-Mercer is one of intent.  Harper-Mercer intended to murder and he chose a time and location where he would be able to carry that out. 

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October 15, 2015: Keeping students, faculty safe at college

The Tampa Tribune, October 12, 2015 – Keeping students, faculty safe at college.

While recognizing Mr. Hanbury’s success with a system of private universities I do not defer to his opinion on an individual right to self-defense on campus.

The pivotal statement in his Other Views column is this “Thus, we believe our campuses are safe.” This statement is preceded by what he believes to be his responsibility and due diligence to provide a safe environment for the facility, staff, students, and visitors.

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October 1, 2015: Self-Defense Rifle

In the early morning hours of September 8, an 18 year old came to the aid of his mother and fatally shot an intruder with his rifle. When the story first broke from St. Petersburg, the fact that he used a rifle was not part of the breaking news. I recall wondering how much trouble the 18 year old was going to be in if he was in possession of a handgun. It turns out he had a rifle and he knew how to use it.   Continue reading