If there’s anything the Newtown massacre has proven, it’s that school zones billed as “gun-free” cannot be guaranteed to thus be.
They’re only virtually certain to be good-guy-gun-free.
And it’s time for this symbolism-over-substance policy to end.
The fact is that we’re making the good easy prey for the wicked, and this has been acknowledged by some current and former law-enforcement officials. As Vice President and Public Information Officer of the National Association of Chiefs of Police Jim Kouri writes:
[F]ormer police detective Mike Snopes believes that gun free zones invite killers.
"The killer in [Newtown] came armed for bear and couldn't care less about some gun law. The school's anti-gun law prevented any adults working at the school from having access to a firearm. If the school's principal had been armed and trained, she might have saved many lives. Had several people been armed at that school, the shooter, suspect Adam Lanza, would have possibly been stopped at the front door by a hale [sic] of bullets," said the former NYPD detective.
[…] According to former Arizona Sheriff Richard Mack, “The [Newtown] suspect goes to the principal's office while the announcements are playing, over the PA, to the whole school. Everyone in the school hears shots being fired. Had teachers or school employees been armed, instead of fleeing and allowing the killer to walk around the facility unimpeded, the school staff could have surrounded the madman and ended the attack....
Adding to the case against gun-free zones is NYPD Detective John Baeza, who “noted that the location of the Colorado movie theater shootings occurred at a large shopping mall that was a gun free zone,” writes Kouri.
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