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Dayton VA Medical Center shooting revives gun ban debate

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One person was injured and a former employee arrested Monday afternoon following a shooting at the Dayton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio.

Police identified the alleged shooter as Neil Moore, 59. Police said Moore worked in the housekeeping department of the VA.

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said the shooter walked into a break room in the basement of the medical center and shot a current VA employee in the ankle. Police said the worker, identified as Paul Burnside, was expected to recover.

The director of the VA in Dayton says they don't have metal detectors on the property, they don't search patients or employees, but those could be policies that change after the violence seen on Monday.

Should places like the VA allow people to carry concealed weapons? Currently, there is a weapons ban in place on their property. Many times, signs are displayed prohibiting the presence of guns on the property.

Despite that, these shootings are still happening.

"It just lets them know that nobody's armed, nobody's there to stop them. The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," said Kyle Hufford, president of Kyle's Gunshop.

Ted Froats, public affairs officer for the VA Medical Center in Dayton says the hospital has those signs.

Should those signs come down, and allow people to carry? That's the question.

"I honestly think it should be expanded," said Dan Moeller, who lives in Milford.

But, for Moeller, he's on the other side of a fine line when it comes to hospitals.

"On one hand, you want people to be protected.  But, on the other hand, that's a place where people should go and feel safe already. They do have security on the premises. That should be enough," said Moeller.

Joe Kalil is the constable of Boone County as well at the director of the POST Program, an initiative designed to train school personnel to carry a concealed weapon in the hallways.  He tells FOX19 that when he became constable, he was able to get those signs taken down at Boone County buildings, and some buildings in Kenton County.

"It actually makes that building, regardless of where it is or who owns it, more susceptible to danger," said Kalil.

On top of that, he'd also like to see a wider ability to carry a concealed weapon.

"It's a God-given right for human beings to be able to protect themselves. Why are we removing that right from the law-abiding citizen?" asks Kalil.

For some, hospitals fall in that category. 

"I think your average law abiding citizen, there's no problem with them having a gun in a hospital," said Adam Hershorin, who lives in Clifton.

Froats tells FOX19 that the VA has a fully trained, armed police force.  But, he still expects them to review all their security policies.


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