Patrick Neville was a student at Columbine High School in Colorado when a shooting took place in 1999 that killed 13 people and rocked the country.
Many anti-gun activists use Columbine as a reason for gun confiscation and “gun-free zones”, but Neville is now a lawmaker and is pushing for guns in schools to be able to stop active shooters.
On Tuesday, State Rep. Patrick Neville introduced a bill that would allow guns in Colorado schools.
“The only thing that is going to stop murderers intent on doing harm is to give good people the legal authority to carry a gun to protect themselves and our children,” Neville said in a statement, according to The Hill.
“More of my friends would still be alive today.”
The bill put forward by Neville, a Republican, would let teachers with concealed weapons permits carry guns at the state’s schools in an attempt to halt future shootings.
Neville introduced the same bill last year, but it was met with much opposition and ultimately failed.
“Unfortunately, the current system continues to leave our children as sitting targets for criminals intent on doing harm,” he said.