State Rep. Tim Moffitt, a Republican from Asheville, on Friday tweeted a link to his legislative website, where he has written a defense of relaxed gun laws.
Moffitt defends the gun bill signed into law this year that expands the places people with permits to carry concealed guns can bring their weapons, which includes schools if locked in a container in a vehicle.
“Contrary to what the media wants us to know, almost every public mass shooting that has taken place in this country has occurred in a so-called ‘gun-free zone,’” Moffitt writes. “Since the implementation of the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1995, there has been a 370 percent increase in the rate of school shooting deaths.”
There were several unsuccessful bills last session that proposed to put more weapons on school campuses, including by arming teachers and volunteers with weapons.
Media conspiracies aside (the rate of gun violence at schools has been well-reported), Gov. Pat McCrory’s initiative to make sure schools are safe released its first report on Friday, which calls for more school resource officers.
“The key finding here is that when properly trained and equipped, SROs are thought to be the only professionals who should be required or permitted to carry weapons on school campuses,” the report concludes.