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11/6/2009

The “Gun-Free Zone” Delusion

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kevin M @ 8:54 am

When are we going to give up on the idea that by banning guns from an area (or in general) we will achieve safety? It’s a nice theory, but it just does not hold up in the real world. Every time some nutter decides to shoot up a bunch of people, he heads straight for the nearest gun-free zone. Schools, churches, restaurants, universities, private employers and now, it seems, army bases all fall into this trap. And it doesn’t work.

So, a question: If the lack of guns equals safety, and free-carry is dangerous, how come there are no reports of mass shootings at gun shows?

9 Comments

  1. If that idea could hold water, how about the following “free zones.” A “crime free zone’ comes to mind. Or how about declaring the state of California a no “forest or brush fire zone.” And for those who have to work late in bad neighborhood, how about a “mugger free zone.” You have to be a “few bricks shy of a full load” to think that declaring an area a “gun free zone’ does any good. what it does is make sure that the shooter has plenty of time to shoot people without any fear of reprisal. Colin Ferguson took his shooting spree on the Long Island Railroad because there was the posibility of running into people packing illegal handguns on the New York City subway trains. Ferguson might have been crazy but he was not stupid.

    Comment by Longwalker — 11/6/2009 @ 12:03 pm

  2. Kevin,

    So, a question: If the lack of guns equals safety, and free-carry is dangerous, how come there are no reports of mass shootings at gun shows?

    Because the people planning mass shootings aren’t stupid, they target the gun-free zones knowing full well that they have time to commit more murders before the police can respond. Even a crazy idiot know that they won’t kill very many people by shooting people at a gun show.

    When are we going to give up on the idea that by banning guns from an area (or in general) we will achieve safety?

    Probably never. Consider the people who hold these beliefs despite all the evidence to the contrary. Logic and facts won’t change their minds (See the global warming believers for another example). It is a religion to them, faith over facts.

    Comment by Kenny — 11/6/2009 @ 4:52 pm

  3. i’ve got a simpler question:

    if the Constitution guarantees us all health care, then the 2nd Amendment sure as hell guarantees me weapons…. how soon will the government be issuing them?

    Comment by redc1c4 — 11/6/2009 @ 11:54 pm

  4. Comment by redc1c4 — 11/6/2009 @ 11:54 pm

    Well, they will be, if you’re a member of a “favored” organization, such a Organizing For America, ACORN, etc.
    Plus, don’t forget the promised Civilian Defense Corps. – aka BrownShirts!

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 11/8/2009 @ 11:32 am

  5. The civilian defense corps is more likely to wear red shirts and sing the “International” then to wear brown shirts and sing the “Horst Wessel Lied”

    Comment by BarSinister — 11/10/2009 @ 6:59 am

  6. I visualize them wearing those damn yellow SEIU t-shirts.

    Comment by AD - RtR/OS! — 11/11/2009 @ 1:11 pm

  7. Oh, red shirts, please.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 11/18/2009 @ 8:32 am

  8. I always hear people tell me that guns aren’t helpful in crisis situations, because if I started trying to shoot at the bad guy, I might get shot or shoot an innocent, or cause confusion.

    Of course, the truth is that guns save lives everyday, but by preventing these situations from every existing. Guns on universities or in malls would prevent this from occurring at all. Hasan may have strapped a bomb on, or poisoned people, or whatever, but the very fact that these shooters always pick gun free zones proves that guns deter killers to some extent.

    Comment by Dustin — 11/20/2009 @ 1:11 am

  9. Much of the reason that companies like 7-11 require their employees to go unarmed is that they have little or no liability if an employee is killed by a robber (they’ve signed waivers), but if the employee shoots the wrong person, there is hell to pay.

    One wonders if their attitude would change if state laws held them liable for employee deaths.

    Comment by Kevin Murphy — 11/20/2009 @ 9:05 am

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