• April 20, 2024

UC Merced Stabbing ’Hero’ Feels Much Different About Concealed Carry After Incident And Explains Why


The construction worker being called a hero after he stepped into the middle of a stabbing at the University of California, Merced, initially thinking he was stopping a fight Wednesday, has apparently said he wished he had a gun on him at the time.

Byron Price told KGPE-TV’s Joey Horta, a reporter who is his soon-to-be brother-in-law, that he changed his mind about concealed carry weapons.

“He wishes he had one when this all unfolded for him today,” Horta said in his broadcast on the news station Wednesday night. “He has four little kids waiting for him at home tonight, two of those from his fiancé. They are getting married next year. The good news is he’s back home with all of them tonight.”

Price’s comment joins the debate over concealed carry weapons and firearms on college campuses as a whole. Though an ongoing topic of discussion, the shooting at Umpqua Community College in which nine students were shot and killed by 26-year-old Chris Harper-Mercer, who later shot himself, in Rosenberg, Oregon, on October 1 reignited the debate over gun-free zones and gun control.

Price was stabbed in the side in the incident that unfolded Wednesday morning and felt the blade hit bone, he told KGPE.

“It’s hot, really warm,” he said the the sensation of being stabbed. “It didn’t hurt because there was so much going on.”

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