At Fox News: Gun-free zones need to go. They are not only ineffective, they’re ineffective, they’re dangerous

18 Jun , 2019  

Dr. John Lott and Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) have a new piece up at Fox News on the dangers of gun-free zones. Unfortunately, the Virginia Beach City Council is moving in the exact opposite way and wanting to ban guns in city buildings. Does anyone there realize that the killer in that attack was already violating the law in carrying his gun into the Municipal Operations Building? Lott’s and Massies’s piece starts this way:

The tragedy at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center fits an all too familiar pattern—yet another mass shooting in a place the victims were banned from carrying guns. The most lives are claimed in places where people can’t defend themselves on equal footing. It’s not a coincidence the attack occurred in a public building filled with public employees prohibited from carrying handguns, concealed or otherwise.

This attack could have ended with much less bloodshed. Kate Nixon, a compliance manager at the municipal center, was concerned about a fellow employee and spoke with her husband the night before the attack about taking her permitted, concealed carry handgun to work. However, the city bans individuals, including public employees, from possessing “any weapon” on city property unless authorized by a supervisor so she decided against it. Unlike his law-abiding colleagues, the killer didn’t abide by the ban. Kate Nixon was one of the 12 people killed in the attack.

This pattern of attacks at gun-free zones isn’t limited to workplace shootings: 98 percent  of all mass public shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have occurred in places where the average citizen was banned from possessing guns.

Banks, churches, sports stadiums, and many members of Congress are protected with firearms. Yet children inside the classroom are too frequently left vulnerable. To combat this, Rep. Thomas Massie, co-author of this op-ed, introduced H.R. 3200 last week, a bill that repeals the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) of 1990.

Twenty states, to varying degrees, allow teachers to carry—some of these states have had their laws in place for decades. The Safe Students Act would make it easier for state and local governments to unambiguously set their own firearm policies by eliminating the one-size-fits-all federal ban on guns in school zones.

Safe Students Act cosponsors currently include Representatives Justin Amash, R-Mich., Jody Hice, R-Ga., Jeff Duncan, R-S.C., Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, James Comer, R-Ky., and Brian Babin, R-Texas.

The Crime Prevention Research Center has released a new report examining every school shooting in the United States from 2000 through 2018.

There were 306 documented cases of gunshots on school property, 48 of which were suicides. Not counting suicides, 193 people died and 267 were injured in these incidents. Four cases were instances of accidental gunshots by police officers.

The rate of school shootings and the number of people killed by them has increased significantly since 2000. The annual death rate from 2009-2018 was twice that of 2001-2008 (even when one excludes suicides). This increase has occurred exclusively among schools that don’t allow concealed carry for teachers and staff. Indeed, with the exception of suicides or gang violence outside of school hours, no school that allows teachers to carry has experienced a death or injury from a shooting.

Utah, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and parts of Oregon allowed all permitted teachers and staff to carry without any additional training requirements. Other states left it to the discretion of local superintendents or school boards. As of December 2018, teachers carried handguns in more than 30 percent of Texas school districts. And in September 2018, Ohio teachers were carrying in over 200 school districts. . . .

The rest of the article is available here.


4 Responses

  1. Tom Campbell says:

    More of this straight to the jugular writing needs to become the norm in this fight against the anti-gun insanity. The anti-gun movement needs to be called The Disarm America Movement, and that needs to be propounded over and over again to turn the tide against the anti-gunners.

    Anti-gunners have no solutions to any specific problem of criminal gun use. We need to break in the public’s mind the connection between real solutions and anti-gun agenda items masquerading as solutions to anything.

  2. Eric Baldinger says:

    On 10 /24/ 2018 Pittsburgh Public School voted No on arming their own 120 Certified trained Police Force . Three days Later the Tree of life synagogue tragedy happened. We told them the same scenario That cold happen in our schools. We are the first line of defense because we are at the schools . Look what happen in Baltimore city schools . They took the gun from the Officers , a Parent came in the school and shot the gym teacher over confiscating a phone . The school board gave them they’re going to back . How many lives is Pittsburgh public schools willing to sacrifice ?

  3. Jeffrey L Jordan says:

    I go further than that. The tyrannical anti-rights crowd does not like it, but the Supreme Court clearly established in the Heller and McDonald cases that RKBA is a constitutionally protected right incorporated against the states. That makes it a CRIME to deprive citizens of that right under color of law under existing federal law. (See 18 U.S. Code § 242. Deprivation of rights under color of law)

    It is ALSO a federal crime to engage in an organized conspiracy designed to suppress constitutionally guaranteed rights. (See 18 U.S. Code § 241. Conspiracy against rights)

    Given what we see go on every day in the media and at least half the political establishment, with generous contributions from certain billionaires and the active and enthusiastic participation of some high ranking law enforcement, why are these crimes not being investigated and prosecuted? That is a failure of the system of epic proportions.

    Especially since if you bother to actually read those statutes, the death penalty can be invoked if deaths result from the deprivation of rights or conspiracy to do so. Which I believe CPRC has documented in a fashion that would hold up very well in court. Best of all, there are parallel *civil* statutes (42 U.S. Code § 1983 & 1985), so we needn’t wait on a compromised and indeed complicit legal system to stop stalling and actually prosecute these crimes. Anyone who reads the news can point out a couple of deep pockets offenders to target first…

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