UPDATE: At least 17 people were killed in this horrible attack.
ORIGINAL POST: When will there be a serious discussion of the dangers of gun-free zones? When will the media point out in their discussions of the guns used or how the guns were obtained that another attack occurred in a gun-free zone?
After listening to Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) push for more gun control on Shepard Smith’s show on Fox News this afternoon, we decided to put up this post. Video above of when Senator Nelson made very similar comments later on during Special Report shortly after 6 PM EST.
Here is a listing of mass public shootings in Florida where at least four people have been killed. All gun-free zones of these were places where general citizens are banned from having guns. When will people realize that having a “marked” police officer on the scene isn’t going to stop these types of attacks? It is an impossible job for officers in uniform. We have made that point many, many times in the past. Our lastest post on the number of schools that have armed police officers is available here.
— Orlando nightclub shooting June 12, 2016, killed 49 people and wounded 58 others in a terrorist attack/hate crime inside Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida
— Orlando business shooting, June 5, 2017, A gunman fatally shot five of his former coworkers then killed himself during a mass shooting at Fiamma, an Orange County business, Monday morning, according to sheriff’s officials. Called business and was told that this business didn’t allow employees to have weapons there.
— Hialeah, FL restaurant, June 6, 2010. shooter killed four women, including his wife.
Instead, here is an outcome where concealed handgun permit holders recently stopped what would have been another mass public shooting in Florida. Other cases available here.
UPDATE: All afternoon, Senator Bill Nelson (D-Florida) was calling for more gun control. The video above is for the second time that he was on Fox News shortly after 6 PM. Regarding Senator Nelson’s claims about gun control, here is something that Dr. Lott had previously written up about the issues that Nelson raise regarding the terror watch list and other recent gun control proposals by Democrats. Regarding the calls for dealing with mental illness, we had this previous write up. Note as we have made clear continually, the background checks on private transfers wouldn’t have stopped any of these attacks for at least the last couple of decades.
CNN is also pushing for a discussion on gun control.
UPDATE: Suspected Gunman In Florida School Shooting Identified, Member Of ‘Resistance’ Groups, Reports Say. Will the media take much notice of this?