Image credit: Photo by Michael Sullivan, courtesy of Sidney McElroy
Dr. Sidney Smirl McElroy He’s always been “politically aware” and active in local organizations, but when he spoke to his district’s House of Delegates representative, Matthew Rohrberch, a Republican, about his concerns about the campus carry bill that would allow students to carry firearms locally. At Marshall University (as well as other colleges across the state), he reached his breaking point and decided to run for the 26th District of West Virginia’s House of Delegates as a Democrat in the November midterm general election. “I was tired of my rep not returning my calls, not returning my emails, even when I went to see him face to face and talk to him at the Capitol, walking away from me in the middle of the conversation,” she told HollywoodLife. said in an exclusive interview.
Dr. McElroy, 39, approached Rohrbach, himself a doctor, to express his concerns about the campus carry bill as a member of his district. “Marshall University Community Faculty, Students, [and] This was strongly opposed by the workers. The local population strongly opposed it. In addition to the many medical reasons why the campus should not be made safer because of the presence of firearms, the cost of providing security would bankrupt the university if you were going to allow firearms on campus,” he explained. “I went to talk to him directly — doctor to doctor — to say we have statistics and data that tell us that with firearms in the hands of college students — they’re at higher risk for substance abuse. They’re at higher risk for depression and suicidal ideation. It’s a tragedy. Maybe that’s what we’re building.”
Dr. without having an open dialogue with him.