Takes Issue with his advocacy of 2nd Amendment and armed good guys in schools
On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Nashua Telegraph editorial opened with:
"His former colleagues in the New Hampshire Legislature held former state Sen. Jim Rubens in highregard. He was known for taking the time to research issues and reaching well-reasoned, conservative position on issues. He almost never shot from the hip.
"He played an instrumental, if not crucial, role in some important pieces of legislation – including Senate Bill 2, which fundamentally altered the nature of town meetings, and a bill to allow charter schools."
The Telegraph's kind words turned critical when it came to Jim Rubens' unwavering support for 2nd Amendment rights.
Jim Rubens stands absolutely behind his suggestion that schools and other public places consider having trained, armed citizens on premises to defend against killing rampages. Solid research shows that 14 people die in shooting rampages where no armed good guy is present, and an average only 2 die where no such armed good guy is present. The Telegraph found fault that Rubens had cited an 18 to 2.5 ratio in an earlier version of the same research using a smaller dataset.
"Having an armed good guy in schools and public places saves lives. Taking guns from law-abiding citizens, as advocated by Senators Brown and Shaheen, would leave only criminals armed and do nothing to save lives," said Jim Rubens.
According to The Oregonian newspaper, one person was killed on June 10, 2014, in a shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregon killing one student, wounding a teacher and later took his own life after armed guards responded in less than 60 seconds.
On December 13, 2013, a school shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado was ended in 80 seconds when the school resource officer responded to engage the shooter. One innocent victim -- and one too many -- died at the hands of the shooter before he took his own life when confronted by the approaching armed good guy.
On December 14, 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, there was no armed security and the shooter had four unimpeded minutes to kill 20 children and six adults.