Asked and answered: ‘What good does a gun do for you in a locked vehicle?’

At a recent hearing on Assembly Bill 2, which would allow people to have guns in their vehicles on school campuses so long as the vehicle is locked or occupied, a North Las Vegas assemblywoman asked, “What good does a gun do for you in a locked vehicle?”

Luke Woodham

Real world answer: In October 1997 a Mississippi high school student took a rifle to Pearl High School and killed two students and wounded seven others. Most accounts relate that an assistant principal ran to his locked truck and grabbed a gun and confronted the shooter, preventing him from creating any more carnage and holding him until police arrived.

What many accounts leave out is that the truck was parked a quarter of a mile away, because Mississippi had a gun-free school zones law.

This how Vin Suprynowicz described the events in a 2012 blog posting:

“In a school shooting in Pearl, Miss., in October of 1997, young Luke Woodham had slit his mother’s throat before carrying a .30-30 deer rifle to school.

“Woodham fatally shot two students as Vice Principal Joel Myrick, responding quickly to the sound of shots, dashed to his truck — parked more than a quarter mile away as required by the “gun-free school zone” law — to recover and load his own Colt .45. He then raced back, captured and disarmed Woodham, holding a gun to his head for more than four minutes while waiting for police to arrive. This almost certainly saved lives, as Woodham had declared his intent to also shoot up a nearby elementary school.”

Any further questions?

Two years before the Mississippi shooting, the U.S. Supreme Court declared a similar federal law unconstitutional because Congress had no power to pass such a law. Justice attorneys futilely argued it was covered by Interstate Commerce Clause. The court made it clear the states could create such laws but not Congress.

Or a state can pass a law making it legal.

The digest for AB2 reads:

“Existing law generally makes it a gross misdemeanor to carry or possess certain 2 weapons while on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility, or while in a vehicle of a private or public school or a child care facility except in certain circumstances. (NRS 5 202.265) This bill adds an exception so that a person is not prohibited from possessing such weapons on the property of the Nevada System of Higher Education, a private or public school or a child care facility if the weapon remains out of public view and if the weapon is: (1) inside a motor vehicle that is occupied or, if the motor vehicle is unoccupied, the motor vehicle is locked; or (2) stored in a locked container that is affixed securely to the motor vehicle.”


11 comments on “Asked and answered: ‘What good does a gun do for you in a locked vehicle?’

  1. Winston Smith says:

    And here I thought the Interstate Commerce Clause was the “federal” government’s trump card for every tyrannical action…

  2. Nyp says:

    Today’s Second Amendment moment – three Muslim students shot dead in North Carolina.

  3. No, the real Second Amendment moment…was the one related in todays story by Mr. Mitchell…where a good guy with a gun, stopped a mad man with a gun, in spite of a foolish law. The three Muslim students were shot in over parking dispute…by a progressive leftist whose favorites include The Huffington Post, Rachel Maddow, and Atheists for Equality

  4. Steve says:

    Nyp,,,Brien…..Brien meet Nyp.

    Have fun!

  5. Steve says:

    In this case…the good guy with no gun went to make a deal on a phone. The bad guiys had guns…just like it would be if all guns were banned, Nyp.

  6. Nyp says:

    If only those Muslims had been packing heat this terrible tragedy might have been averted.

  7. Steve says:

    Or, mebbe, locked their front door….

  8. Athos says:

    Read a funny one online and just have to pass it on:

    ” A state trooper in Kansas made a traffic stop of an elderly lady for speeding on U.S. 166 just East of Sedan, KS. He asked for her driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance. The lady took out the required information and handed it to him.

    In with the cards, he was somewhat surprised (due to her advanced age) to see she had a concealed carry permit. He looked at her and asked if she had a weapon in her possession at this time. She responded that she indeed had a .45 automatic in her glove box.

    Something, body language, or the way she said it, made him want to ask if she had any other firearms. She did admit to also having a 9mm Glock in her center console. Now he had to ask one more time if that was all. She responded once again that she did have just one more, a .38 special in her purse.

    He then asked her “Ma’am, you sure carry a lot of guns. What are you so afraid of?”

    She looked him right in the eye and said, “Not a damn thing!”

  9. Nyp says:

    The only thing that will stop a bad white guy with a gun is a good Muslim with a gun.

  10. A gun is an inanimate object that in and of itself can harm no one…

  11. Steve says:

    The only think that will stop a known sex offender (and current arsonist) from raping a woman in her own home is a the gun that woman used to kill the cockroach.
    this is ANOTHER perfect example of a real second amendment moment, nyp.
    And, nyp, why don’t these stories make national news? Could it be that your fav’s are the rare occurrence while, these crooks being stopped by people with legal weapons, happen all to often?

    These simply fly in the face of your argument for more gun control laws.

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