From TheBlaze: The family of a teenager who was seriously injured during the Umpqua College shooting on Thursday said that, despite what she went through, they still oppose additional gun control measures and remain “pro-Second Amendment.”
“We’re pro-Second Amendment, pro guns,” Jesse Fitzgerald, brother of attack victim Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, told the Daily Mail. “My sister, my mother, my whole family are all in favor. We were talking about it in the hospital and none of us have changed our minds.”
Cheyeanne Fitzgerald, 16, lost one of her kidneys following Thursday’s attack and remains hospitalized. He said that, in the wake of the tragic rampage, his sister’s views have also not changed on the issue, the outlet reported.
“We should have teachers trained in non-lethal ways to take people down. There is surely a way to defend kids at school,” said Jesse Fitzgerald. “Armed guards on campuses maybe.”
As for his sister, who has a tough recovery ahead, he called for prayers and noted that his family setup a GoFundMe account to help raise $10,000 for her medical care; the account had already brought in $13,000 as of early Monday morning.
As the Daily Mail reported, the Fitzgeralds aren’t the ones to come out against additional gun control measures, as the family of Quinn Cooper, 18, who was killed during the attack at Umpqua College, also spoke out against using the incident to advance gun control.
“We need to be able to protect ourselves as a community and as a nation,” the Cooper family said in a statement released after the shooting. “Please don’t let this horrible act of insanity become about who should or shouldn’t have a gun.”
(H/T: Daily Mail)