Santa Monica College is a gun free school

I just don't understand how John Zawahari could have allegedly shot and killed all those people at Santa Monica College last Friday.   After all, not only is murder against the law, the city of Santa Monica has strict gun control laws as does the state of California.  And also, according to its website, Santa Monica College is a gun free school. 

Weapons Prohibition on Campus

Possessions of firearms or replicas, ammunition, explosives, knives/blades longer than 21/2 inches, other weapons, or fireworks are against the law in the College community or at College -sponsored activities. California Penal Codes 626.9 and 626.10 also prohibit the possession of firearms (including pellet and BB guns) on College property without specific written permission of the Chief of Police.

If you are a witness to a crime involving a weapon, please call 9-1-1 immediately. If you see a weapon of any kind on campus, alert SMCPD by calling (310) 434-4300
or 9-1-1.

So when the law abiding gun free students and others heard the loud bangs and realized that there was "a crime involving a weapon" on their idyllic gun free campus they diligently called police.  But, as the cliche has it, when seconds count the police were minutes away.  And in the few minutes it took for the police to arrive, confront the alleged shooter Zawahari and ultimately kill him, Zawahari killed more while terrified thousands huddled defenselessly in closets and under desks.  No one confronted him. 

Like all schools, all institutions, all communities

At Santa Monica College, the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff are always our first priority. With the support of other departments, we have numerous people involved in keeping this campus safe and secure.


Working together, safety at Santa Monica College is everyone's business. No community, of course, can be totally risk free in today's society. Students, faculty/staff and visitors are partners in creating an atmosphere that is safe and conducive for teaching and learning.

 Hmmm, perhaps Zawahari somehow didn't get the message about the school's weapons prohibitions and concern for "the safety and well being of our students, faculty and staff".  Or, for whatever reasons, he disagreed with the message.  Or maybe, just maybe Zawahari knew he wouldn't have much of a problem with his disturbed, deadly mission as he knew others would most likely be unarmed.

As a result, the unexpected--to gun control advocates--consequences of total disarmament is not "the safety and well being" of the objects of concern but the opposite.