These incidents have become far too common, and as always, these students and families should be in our thoughts and prayers.
College rules and regulations, and sometimes state laws, often leave students unable to defend themselves when these things happen. In this case police took only two minutes to arrive, but
six five innocent victims were already fatally wounded and the gunman had killed himself.
According to a PDF of the school’s policies:
Students who wish to bring firearms to the campus must obtain written permission from the chief security officer of the university. Firearms must be stored at the University Security Office except with written permission of the chief security officer of the university. At no time will any of the above dangerous weapons be allowed in the university residence halls.
Illinois doesn’t have concealed carry to begin with, but in states that do have such a policy, students are lobbying for the right to carry guns on campus. The most recent trend is “holster protests,” where students wear empty holsters to show they’ve been stripped of their Second Amendment rights. The next protest is scheduled for April 21-25.