Passionate Young Voice for ‘Commonsense Gun Safety Laws’ Speaks from Experience

Romano's not the first criminal — or school shooter for that matter — to agree with the gun-grabbers. (Albany Times Union – Facebook)

USA – -( “I believe the students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL are courageous and inspiring for speaking out and demanding action from politicians,” a letter to the editor of Albany’s Times Union from reader Jon Romano advocates. “Everyone nationwide should follow and accept nothing less than meaningful, life-saving policy changes from their representatives. Only then could this generation be the last generation that lives in a nation plagued by gun violence.”

The writer is one Jon Romano, and he lists his address as the Coxsackie Correctional Facility. Romano was a wannabe school shooter, who “brought a pump-action shotgun to Columbia High School in East Greenbush” in 2004 when he was 16 and began firing, hitting one teacher in the leg before the principal tackled and disarmed him.

That’s quite the “commonsense gun safety” advocate, is it not?

Romano was convicted of attempted murder and reckless endangerment, the Times Union notes, and will be up for parole in March 2021. He says he wants “to advocate for gun safety and mental health reform” when he gets out.

He’s hardly the first criminal to call for citizen disarmament in the wake of his own aberrant behavior.

Robyn Anderson testified before the Colorado House Judiciary hearing, Anderson claimed that background checks would serve to inhibit gun purchases–not by criminals, but by people who would pass such checks! She had also acted as a straw purchaser for Columbine killers Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, knowingly buying guns for minors who would not have passed a check. Yet she was credited with “turning the tide” to pass a gun show background check expansion bill affecting those who would.

Mark Manes also now wants nothing to do with firearms, admitting his mom, a long-time Handgun Control, Inc., activist, was “really right all along” when she warned him against having anything to do with guns. Curiously, that change in attitude only came after he was sentenced to a six-year term for his role in providing Harris and Klebold with a TEC-DC9 pistol and two 50-round boxes of ammunition.

Then there’s Barbara Graham, who believed so strongly in gun control, she became active in a group that helped sponsor the Million Morn March's Washington DC rally, where she “spoke out … and helped memorialize the dead.”  But DC's gun bans didn't stop Graham from obtaining a .45 caliber handgun, and paralyzing a man she mistakenly thought had killed her son.

Annette Stevens was so against guns she became president of the Springfield, Illinois, chapter of the Million Mom March, where she played a leadership role in advancing that group's anti-gun agenda. Yet when police executed a search warrant related to recent drive-by shootings, they reportedly found illegal drugs and a handgun–for which she did not have a state-required Firearms Owner Identification card. Press reports said the serial number had been filed off the gun, another violation.

Amy Fisher wrote a newspaper column where she called for more gun control laws.

“Assault weapons were designed for military use,” she declared in support of extending the federal ban, even though none of the weapons affected have select-fire capabilities. “If a law-abiding citizen has such a yearning to possess one of these weapons, then let that person join the Marines.”

Fisher, of course, gained national notoriety in 1992 as “the Long Island Lolita,” after shooting her lover's defenseless wife in the head.

My “favorite” bit of anti-gun advocacy from all of these, though, came from a high school student who agreed with everything Emma Gonzales, David Hogg, Cameron Kasky and their adult handlers and bankrollers say about guns in schools.

“Students who bring guns to school are hardly ever detected,” he wrote in an assignment paper. “This is shocking to most parents and even other students since it is just as easy to bring a loaded handgun to school as it is to bring a calculator.”

“A school is no place for a gun,” he concluded.

The author was Columbine killer Eric Harris, who chose “Guns in Schools” for his report topic. It's not hard to see why he would favor “gun-free school zones.”

Harris had a chance to test his theoretical preference for disarmed victims in the real world. As CNN reported at the time on his encounter with Columbine's community resource officer, “[Sheriff's Deputy Neil] Gardner, seeing Harris working with his gun, leaned over the top of the car and fired four shots … After the exchange of gunfire, Harris ran back into the building.”

And providing inspiration to Broward County “first responders,” Gardner remained outside. Still, he proved a point. Because unlike with his other targets, Harris did not pursue and try to finish off someone capable of returning lethal force. He fled to pursue helpless prey. The lesson here could not be clearer. Rather than being “no place for a gun,” firearms in schools, deployed by moral people who know what they’re doing, can protect the innocent and repel evil. Or at least give the victims a choice and a fighting chance.

Back to this Romano character, who hopes to become a voice-of-experience gun-grabber if he ever makes it back to being trusted without a custodian: Look pal, I’m sorry you messed up your life. I’m sorry you were so twisted and evil you thought murdering people indiscriminately would be an option for dealing with your utter unfitness to live among your fellow human beings.

But the fact is, some things are broken and they can’t be fixed. And no one can say with empirical certainty that Romano can be or has been and that he's not just saying this because he hopes to game the parole board by scamming their “progressive” sympathies. Sorry, but some things are just so deranged and evil, and the state of the art at dealing with them is so uncertain and primitive, that letting him out of his cage makes as much sense as opening a man-eating tiger’s and telling it to go out and maul no more.

Romano knew going into that school that the chances of anyone returning fire were nil. It’s only due to the grace of God combined with the courage of a principal and the would-be killer's own cowardly incompetence that he failed to achieve the child death toll he craved. It’s not surprising that he agrees with a citizen disarmament lobby, or more accurately, that they agree with him in terms of preferring defenseless victims.

The bottom line: I don’t care if he's a former predator, a “reformed” predator or one of the enablers. He wants me and mine disarmed and defenseless?


The longer response to them all is two words.

That goes for this failed school shooter, for Bloomberg, for Democrat gun-grabbing politicians, for Republican Quislings, for oath-breaking political police officials and the jackbooted thugs they send hither, for vacuous Hollywood dilettantes, for anti-gun “progressives” of all stripes, for media propagandists, for the useful idiot manufactured rock star “kids” that play better to the cameras than Demanding Mom cat ladies, to the Pajama Boys and to any other domestic enemy who would dare “advocate” for disarming their countrymen.

We will not disarm. Deal with it.

Or deal with us.

About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.

In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

  • 23 thoughts on “Passionate Young Voice for ‘Commonsense Gun Safety Laws’ Speaks from Experience

    1. I wasn’t sure about this article by the title, but as I started reading, it got better and better. Great job of pointing out the criminals that call for MORE gun restrictions rather than allowing law abiding and well trained teachers or guards to defend the kids. The one addition I would have added to your article is the hypocrite criminal Leland Yee, the Kalifornia senator that was a huge gun grabber advocate, that was found guilty of illegal arms dealing. Just shows that criminals with guns really DON’T want the citizens armed.

    2. (note: Stephen Paddock – USA / Dr Shipman UK totals)
      A little like what i was saying in the other comment, here is a list of serial killers that did not use firearms and often they are negligible to their methods.

      There are many more alike these ones below, a firearm being little use and non existent, but many
      “serial killers too many to mention”, get kill totals without a firearm that make the fact that Stephen Paddock in Las Vegas achieved as a total an irrelevant point !

      List of just a few reasonable or good examples of “non / negligible” firearm serial killers ….
      (Youtube has around 4 different serial programs on serial killers usually 45 minutes long to 1 1/2 hour comprehensive
      on thier methods and “equipment” called a “*** kit”)

      Jeffrey Dahmer
      John Wayne Gacy
      Tommy Lynn Sells
      Pedro Rodriguez Filho
      Kenneth Bianchi and Angelo Buono
      Peter Sutcliffe
      Dr Harold Shipman

    3. Despite medical help being delayed, 45% of the wounded survived solid hits to the body. The typical 69 caliber 500-750 grain slug used in te Civil War killed many outright. Infections and crude surgery killed even more soldiers on the battlefield..

      The 52 grain way under stabilized Vietnam war M16/5.56 had bullets breaking apart and tumbling. The AR/M16 5.56 today is a 62-77 grain bullet that does not have the terminal effect of 50 years ago. But it is longer ranged and more accurate .

    4. FCC Does what? It’s my understanding that a falsehood transmitted over the open airwaves and this can cover fiberoptic, (because their interface nodes are detectable), is a felony. Fines on this alone could reset the national deficit.

    5. And the StupidParty (with either Letter prefixing their name) continues to scream for our disarmament. Just think… if that noble hero Mr. Aaron Feis had been armed as he came close enough to the shooter at Parkand Hi for the shooter to fire at Mr. Feis, I’ve no doubt we’d have read a brief article about some stupid kid got his cranium ventilated as he attempted to kill some of the students trapped inside that building. We’d not have lost a dedicated adult who dearly loved his chaarges, to the point he literally laid HIS life down for soe of them. I”m certain he’d a lot rather have taken appropriate care of the deranged non-student killer. The false thinking underlying his disarmament needs to be reexamined and rejected.

    6. Well, David, you’ve dne it again. I never bother to read the byline before diving into an article, so I did not KNOW you are the author of this one. But, as always, within the forst two paragraphs I did not have to read who wrote this piece. You have a way of goingout, finding all the relevant ducks, lining themnall up nice and straight, and with one or two rounds knock ’em all down.

      The background on some of the other killers was insightful, and some of the specific details as well. I had not known those details about the Columbine killer, nor how they got their guns. NONE of the far too many “common snese gun control” laws prevented them getting them, did they? Nor will any now being proposed.

      Two factors are near-universal concerning ALL mass murderers, and I’d guess those who attempt same but are failures at even that (thankGOd they were such consistent losers, else we’d have more such massacres to read about and feed the gun grabber’s delusions. Those two items are that some 98% were, or had recently been, taking SSRI’s and similar phychotropic drugs. The second is that almost NONE of the perpetrators had been raised in a stable two=parent home.

      Bottom line: Democrat promoted social engineering policies are at the root of all these incidents. Graph the number of lives taken in such incidents over the past century against the two factors above… I’ll lay some pretty high stakes at some very long odds there is a co-relation so close it is statistically impossible for there NOT to be a causal relationship.

      Place untold numbers of such unstable youth in an environment where it is certain no one will be there to shoot back at them, add in a good dollop of the “fame” and “celebrity” status gained as the mainstream presstitutes glorify them and their deeds, (hint: YOU stop using the names of such as the Columbine killers, that only adds to their legacy) (everyone who just read this line KNOWS of whom we speak without the use of their names).

      And the StupidParty (with either Letter prefixing their name) continues to scream for our disarmament. Just think… if that noble hero Mr. Aaron Feis had been armed as he came close enough to the shooter at Parkand Hi for the shooter to fire at Mr. Feis, I’ve no doubt we’d have read a brief article about some stupid kid got his cranium ventilated as he attempted to kill some of the students trapped inside that building. We’d not have lost a dedicated adult who dearly loved his chaarges, to the point he literally laid HIS life down for soe of them. I”m certain he’d a lot rather have taken appropriate care of the deranged non-student killer. The false thinking underlying his disarmament needs to be reexamined and rejected.

      1. Apparently Hollywood just wasn’t getting the job done, so the extrovert’s decided to do a bit of “staging” to prove their point. Earliest was Ok City, and Waco, I would bet Unabomber is theirs too, every mass shooting, school shooting, corporate shooting, etc, was to put guns as the bad guy. But the bad guys are in every facet of our lives. We do not earn nor spend a penny without them making a profit. Let us scrutinize those who represent us. Starting with those we elected ourselves. Lest we become hypocrites. But hopefully provide a fair model to gage a hopeful contender in another struggling district. It seems every politician gets into office and hires a lot of family members. Were they really the best you could get?

      1. That is precisely what the 1939 MILLER Court said the Second Amendment says as written.

        As for punishment, sometimes there is a question of absolute proof vs. beyond reasonable doubt. In te case of the young adult in Parkland the death penalty is appropriate.
        When there is any doubt the death penalty is not appropriate.

      2. Absolutely! But if they were around back then, some of my distant cousins wouldn’t be around. My ancestral Uncle Alexis St.Martin was shot (friendly fire) when a soldier nodded off and dropped his musket, causing it to fire directly into me ol’ uncle’s stomach. Fortunately a Physician studying digestive systems in animals got word and took Alexis in and helped heal his wounds, while gathering tremendous insight into the human digestive system. Had it been an AR15 at 15′, sorry Cuz…

    7. Yea there should be a few more bullets used,a waste of taxpayers money to keep these little bastards.It,s all how your raised an America is going down hill fast these days.When I was growing up an Going to school at times there was a gun in the back window on a gun rack.Nothing was ever thought about it.What has happened in 40 years?The way you are raised that’s it

    8. It’s not the GUNS, it’s a mental problem. One thing I’m not hearing is why they did it. Was they BULLIED at school by parents. Was it video games, movies, or just want to be noticed. WHY DID YOU DO IT!

    9. He’s the shooter, and is pushing for gun control ????
      Uhhhhh, the weapon would have done NOTHING without HIM picking it up. “I” believe we need criminal control, EXECUTE HIM ! $40.00 a day to keep this piece of certified SHIT in prison for life. NO……………………….He is 100% guilty, ELIMINATE HIM NOW !

    10. This article and the letter of remorse is 30 minutes of fame that will encourage the next “troubled youth” to take a gun to school to shoot people.

    11. One more bullet needed to be expended. Right in his head. Now we have to pay to keep this POS alive, well feed, healthy, coddle his desire to go transgender and then pay for that too if that is what he wants. And we have to for the next 60-80 years. Arm the teachers, the administrators, the janitors, the coaches and of course the school resource office, teach them to shoot and be done with POS’s like this.

    12. Of the above article, another way of seeing…
      Long back in time, “the ethos behind use and keeping firearms as an undeniable right” has been understood in its final terms.
      It points that any utterance against keeping a weapon for self defense is only ever committed by a coward as vile as real child-molesters (not some disheveled inappropriate lunatic such as a pedophile ), fit only to be represented as being a true traitor, not merely in a nation but against life itself and the world around.

      There are many criminals whom commit torture of a victim, and their type spans from economic criminals to truly bent and evil serial killers that only seek the use of someones feelings and body to use.
      **** Here (below) is a list of serial killers, of whom at any one time can be considered mass murderers, what it is to firearms rights (although some serial killers use them during there crimes) is that you are telling rightful innocent persons that because they possess a firearm for self defense, it is, that, they are, an actual criminal AND a pre meditating murderer to idealize self defense of themselves , their own property and their families

      Anti firearms campaigners are saying a person armed with a firearm is a murderer if they can reasonably challenge against these serial killers by possessing a usable effective firearm !
      Many of these serial killers do not carry a firearm (more around 1:1 type but usually briefly only for short periods) because of the fact their public activity may easily be questioned and they could be accosted during stalking !
      Too again, some of them were military trained (not usually / necessarily veteran) and simply extra capable and extra aggressive (just like the two guard dogs “fed into” Ted Bundy’s car).

      Serial killer Dean Corll was an interesting serial killer for the very point,he did not apparently ever operate that way (extracting people and actually controlling them with a firearm) although he had a firearm that he finished his victims with and he was killed with it by another associate,he also is not a good view to classify as a pedophile because such victims are much more “incidental” at lower age level with only effectively one actual that may as well be classified as opportunity and its classification seems some type of banter because most were all except adult, it would be like saying a company clerk such as those in the 19th century that were 12 to 14 years old were being abused by sneaking into a house of assignment with some of their wages !

      Very incomplete list….

      **** ====In the home====
      Briley Brothers
      Richard Ramirez (night stalker)
      Dennis Rader
      original night stalker
      Richard Trenton Chase

      ====From a public place====
      Ted Bundy
      Jeffery Dahmer
      Gary Ridgeway
      Robert Lee Yates

      It is not acceptable for a mass killing survivor victim say remove firearms availability to everyone, that would be like being a soldier and complaining i enlisted to fight the enemy but not to be shot or shot at by the enemy !

    13. Great article. Sociopaths of all types – both run of the mill criminals and politicians – sure seem to have a vested interest in disarming the general public.

      1. they will keep it up until they COMMIT SUICIDE, WITH OUR HELP OF COURSE.

        1. The current pursuit to find fault with guns ref. current events in a Florida school seeks a simple solution by simple minded individuals for a complex problem. Violence in any form that it manifests results from a multitude of causes within a dynamic & ever changing social environment.

          All of this current issue ref. guns must be understood within the framework of our Constitution, which I love, and that portion of it known as the Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights is scripted as a counter leverage to the other aspect of our Constitution, which deals with the procedural construct of governance and it, our Bill of Rights, INTENDS to embolden We the People as individuals certain RIGHTs that support our collective goal to Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.

          The 2nd amendment states in the plainest of english, “….the right to bears arms…shall not be infringed”. Political discussions must be within the framework of our Constitution and not one’s personal prejudices. But for that the Palmer raids of the early 1900s would still find anarchists imprisoned or expelled from the USA, blacks would still suffer segregation, Japanese asians would still be fema camps, etc….

          Argue your points as Oath takers and don’t get sucked into the simple minded solutions that are veiled curtains to the real goal. The fundamental question is whether one is supportive of our Constitution or not. Its lives because it is based on principles not allopathic disease treatment plans.

          Remember the White Rose

          1. @ White Rose…theres no reason to believe the 2nd Amend. gives government any authority what so-ever as in well regulated when the other 9 protects us from government, the dictionary defines regulate as…to adjust to a particular standard, rate, degree amount..and the 1792 militia act is further proof of an armed citizenry.

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