They ignored the fact, (and I did not have time to stay and bring it up :sad: ,) that sixteen years ago, about twenty yards from the room we were in for the class, a librarian, Steve, had been shot and killed by a stalker. The young man had threatened his life, and had been following him for some time, (obsessed former lover) yet university rules forbade staff from carrying firearms. Had Steve opted for self-defense, he would have lost his job. The young man entered his office and shot him five times, using the last bullet in the gun on himself.
Another librarian, Devin, who worked here took a job at a local community college library, as did a temp librarian, Alan, who had also worked here. A few years ago, Alan, angry at Devin, his boss, for telling him what to do, came into the workplace, pulled a gun and shot Devin. In that case, it is less likely that a firearm would have saved Devin, but he would have had more chance than he did.
One of the best ways to reduce mass shootings in schools and workplaces would be to permit employees to exercise their God-given, (or natural, if you prefer,) right to carry a means of self defense, a firearm. The murder rate falls where citizens can defend themselves.