Last week’s shooting at Florida State University has prompted a renewed call for allowing guns on college campuses, reports the Tampa Bay Times.Among those leading the charge is Nathan Scott, one of three people shot and wounded when Myron May opened fire at the FSU library. Scott is part of a group called Students for Concealed Carry at Florida State, which yesterday asked state legislators to allow concealed-weapon permit holders to carry firearms on college grounds.
Their request may resonate in Tallahassee, with the powerful National Rifle Association echoing the call. The NRA’s Tallahassee lobbyist Marion Hammer said she hopes to have a “thoughtful, deliberative” conversation on the subject when the Legislature reconvenes. “We’re not going to rush into it emotionally, like a lot of people do after a tragedy,” Hammer said. “But the reality is, there is a ban of guns on campus, and that did not stop an attacker. The law never stops the bad guy. It only stops the good guys from being able to protect themselves and others.” Florida is one of 20 states that bans carrying concealed weapons on college campuses, says the National Conference of State Legislatures.