When an attendee at Beto O’Rourke’s town hall in Aurora, CO identified himself as a Columbine High School shooting survivor, it was assumed be was anti-gun. But he’s not. In fact, Evan Todd is an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment. He only asks Beto one thing – if he thinks it’s time to ban all semi-automatic firearms. Evan prefaces this with the fact no so-called “assault weapons” were used in the Columbine shooting. And in 1999 when the devastating massacre took place, the country was smack in the middle of the Clinton Era Assault Weapons ban.
Beto’s response is a must-see. WATCH!
Initially members of the media used this clip to claim a Columbine survivor was there pleading with Beto to ban all semi-automatic firearms. As soon as that same media discovered Evan was not anti-gun and did not support the proposals Beto is pushing, they went silent.
Beto’s response makes it clear he is perfectly open to removing the means of self defense from millions of people.
Evan’s story of survival is a gruesome one. The day of the Columbine High School Shooting, he was the first person shot in the library, and the last person to speak to the shooters before they took their own lives. He was a sophomore at the time.
Evan watched as the two killers murdered his classmates, execution-style.
“One of them kneeled down and put a gun to my head and said, ‘Why shouldn’t we kill you?'” Todd told KUNC during a Columbine anniversary interview. “And so when they came up to me, I really thought, this is it, this is the end of my life.”
They didn’t pull the trigger. And Evan survived, although forever changed.
Evan’s experiences that day have shaped his thinking on school safety and guns. Evan believes a teacher who is trained and allowed to carry a firearm can make a difference during a school shooting. He is a gun owner and a concealed carry permit holder himself. He has testified in favor of a bill that would allow people to conceal carry on school grounds, has testified against Red Flag laws, and he is outspoken in his support of the right to keep and bear arms.
Listen to his story in the video below.
Evan Todd is currently the spokesman for Bullets Both Ways, an organization dedicated to firearms and trauma training for school staff and church personnel. He spoke at our Take Back The Second rally last May.
Man, these town halls sure aren’t turning out as planned for Beto.
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