- - Wednesday, November 30, 2016

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

On Monday, almost a dozen students were ambushed and injured by a self-radicalized, ISIS inspired terrorist. We’ve seen these types of attacks before, where gun-free zones have served as attack sites for those who wished to commit violent crimes or acts of terror against innocent people.

For me, this time was different. This attack took place right at home on the campus of The Ohio State University, where I have spent my entire adulthood growing and learning. I had friends in Watt’s HallMonday morning that my heart broke for as I first learned of the attack.

As I continue through my final year of law school and prepare to graduate in May, I cannot help but to worry about the future safety, or lack thereof, on my campus. The Ohio State University is currently a gun-free zone, or what I like to call a victim target zone, an area where individuals are especially vulnerable to attack and unable to legally defend themselves.

What are people missing here? Everyone on campuson Monday was lucky that Officer Horujko happened to be near the scene responding to an unrelated incident, allowing him to shoot the attacker very quickly.

Next time, campus may not be so lucky and more people could be injured, or even left dead. I do not want to for something worse to happen to see proper changes made.

The reality is that criminals and terrorists do not respect the law and will not follow the law regardless of what anti-weapon regulations that a university puts into place, which is why we need campus carry now more than ever. Students, professors and visitors of not only The Ohio State University, but of universities nationwide should be empowered and encouraged, not discouraged and unable, to protect themselves and those around them.

Not only could lives be saved, but future attacks could also be prevented. By changing to a common sense concealed carry option for those who have legally obtained their license to conceal and carry in their state criminals and terrorists will be less likely to attack, since they do not carry out attacks as often in areas where a population is known to be armed, trained and ready to act.

Let’s stop the nonsense, before more victims are harmed and lives are lost. Our children and our children’s children are depending on us.

• Madison Gesiotto is a conservative writer and commentator who appears on Fox News Channel and CNN. She is currently in the final year of pursuing her J.D. at The Michael E. Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University. You can reach her by email at contact@madisongesiotto.com or follow her on Twitter: @madisongesiotto.

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