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CPRC debating the Brady Campaign on the best way to prevent mass public shootings

30 Jun , 2015  

PanAm Debate on Mass Public Shootings

John Lott’s piece at the PanAmPost starts this way:

With just two exceptions, since at least 1950, all the mass public shootings in the United States have occurred in so-called gun-free zones, places where citizens can’t have guns for protection.  Gun-free zones are rare in the United States, but those are the places where these killers go time after time.

There is a reason why every city or country around the world that has banned guns has seen its murder rates rise. Law-abiding citizens, not criminals, obey these bans. Instead of making places safer, disarming law abiding citizens left them sitting ducks.

The vast majority of mass public shooters in the United States kill people to get attention. They want to commit suicide, but they want to do so in a way that will get them attention, so people will know that they have been here. The more people that they can kill, the more attention they will receive. . . .

The rest of Lott’s piece and the Brady Campaign response by Hutson is available here.

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  1. Steve says:

    With the exception of the Columbine shooters (who used a straw purchaser to obtain their firearms) and the Sandy Hook shooter (who killed his mother to get her firearms), I cannot think of a mass shooter who did not obtain their firearms legally, having gone through the broken Brady system.

    How is more of that supposed to make anything better?

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