Parkland, Florida – Football Coach Aaron Feis was one of the first victims whose name was publicly announced in the shooting that killed 17 people, and as students tell stories of how he turned himself into a human shield in order to save them, one student is arguing that if the coach was armed, he could have stopped the shooter.
Feis is remembered as someone who "died the same way he lived—he put himself second," after he reportedly sacrificed himself in order to shield three students from a hail of bullets.
At the time, Feis did everything in his power to protect his students, but what if he had been able to do more to save both his life and the lives of others? What if he had been able to fight back against the gunman?
Colton Haab, 17, a student at Stoneman Douglas High School who witnessed the shooting, has argued that if Feis was allowed to have his gun on campus, he could have taken down the shooter. In an interview with Fox News, Haab said:
"I believe if we did bring firearms on campus to teachers that are willing to carry their firearm on school campuses—and they got their correct training for it—I think that would be a big beneficial factor for school safety. Because if Coach Feis had had his firearm in school that day, I believe that he most likely could've stopped the threat."
Haab is a member of the school's Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, and he said that as soon as he heard gunshots ring out, he jumped into action and ushered as many as 70 students into a room whether they used bulletproof Kevlar mats from the ROTC's marksmanship program as shields, in case they were discovered by the shooter.