” Evan Todd will never forget the day that Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris burst into Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., intent on killing. How could he? He was the first student shot in the library during a massacre that claimed 12 students and one teacher and went down as one of the worst school assaults in U.S. history.
Since that terrifying day, Todd has been active and open about his views on social and political issues, including gun control. But rather than fight against weapons, he’s been vocal that he doesn’t believe firearms are the culprit. In fact, the survivor is so staunch that he tells TheBlaze he’s come to view gun control as “a theory that creates an illusion of safety, but unfortunately has devastating consequences in reality.”
Todd explained that he sees increased regulation as only helping to curb guns among the law-abiding.
“It is evidently clear that gun control does not hinder the determined murderer from achieving their goals, whether that is at a school, a church or synagogue, or a movie theater,” he said in an e-mail interview with TheBlaze, going on to reference many of the murderers who have been responsible for some of the most recent and memorable acts of violence. “Thugs in Chicago do not care about the laws on the books nor did Harris, Klebold, Lanza, Dorner, Holmes, Cho, Hasan or any other of the criminals hell bent on murder.”
“The one thing I learned from Columbine pertaining to gun control is that it is highly political,” he said. “When I actually educated myself on the issue it became increasingly clear that the gun control lobby and the politicians that share those views are in fact creating more problems than they solve.”
Not only is Todd vocal that he believes gun control simply doesn’t solve the problem, but he also sees restrictive policies as being potentially dangerous. In fact, he believes that gun control, if continuously progressed, will erode peoples’ right of self-protection and will lead to a scenario in which Columbine-like incidents could unfold more regularly on a national level.”
- Report: Sandy Hook shooter tried to emulate Norway massacre (cnn.com)
- Colorado House passes gun-control measures (news.yahoo.com)
- Review: “COLUMBINE,” by Dave Cullen (thelittleredblog.typepad.com)
- Notorious School Shooter’s Mom Gave A Chilling Account Of Discovering Her Son’s Massacre (businessinsider.com)
- Columbine Survivors On A Mission To Help Newtown Community Heal (denver.cbslocal.com)
- Waiting for the Truth in Newtown and Columbine (philadelphiareviewofbooks.com)