Less than two hours after massacre at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, CNN military analyst Rick Francona suggested that the shooter had chosen the location because it was a gun free zone.
“We were talking earlier about these gun free zones in Oregon,” Francona told CNN host Brooke Baldwin. “Oregon is a shall issue permit state. A lot of Oregonians do have concealed handgun licenses, that’s what we call them here.”
“The gun free zones are the areas that tell licensed gun owners that you are not allowed to carry your weapon in this facility,” he continued. “So, they do serve a purpose to let everyone know that this is a gun free zone.”
“If you’re going to perpetrate some act, you know that most people are not going to be armed.”
Update: Retired Navy SEAL Jonathan Gilliam echoed Francona’s comments moments later on CNN.
“You are really setting people up — and law enforcement — for somewhat of a failure when you have an active shooter scenario,” Gilliam insisted. “Clearly, policy has to be looked at and what’s effective.”
“This shows you how quickly these things can go bad, and these gun free zones, just like happened in Tennessee that this shooter that went onto a military installation, which was a gun free zone,” he added. “We see that the only thing that’s going to stop a gun is another gun.”
“And I think these are things we need to look at instead of saying we need to look at mental illness, we need to stop people from having guns. We need to start looking at what’s effective in stopping a shooter. And I think just saying, ‘Hey, nobody carry a gun here’ is not effective.”
Watch the videos below from CNN, broadcast Oct. 1, 2015.