A few days ago, following the recent tragedy in yet another of America’s many gun free zones, I examined every shooting spree since the end of WW II. Of the 52 massacres over the last 65 years, ten were rejected because they didn’t fit the typical shooting spree and involved things such as deliberately set fires, bombings, and situations where the public was never in a position to return fire (such as the Kent State Massacre).
The results with respect to the 42 remaining shooting sprees will astound you. More than 75% of them occurred in so-called “Gun Free Zones,” which occupy less than 10% of areas frequented by the average citizen on any given day. Statistically speaking, your average citizen is THREE TIMES more likely to die of a shooting spree in a Gun Free Zone than they are to die of a shooting spree in an area where people are allowed to keep and bear arms.
It’s clear that the whole idea of creating a “Gun Free Zone” does not protect citizens from firearms. Far from it. Establishing such “Gun Free Zones” actually triples the danger to the lives of those who must frequent those zones, whether they be children or mall employees. The following graphic tells story of how the United Kingdom (UK) opened the door wide to violent crime by disarming its citizens. Click on the graphic to see the details in the full-sized version:
Let’s face it: The nutcases who conduct these shooting sprees may be insane, but they’re not stupid. The media itself has clearly revealed the amount of planning that goes into most shooting sprees and the conclusion is inarguable: Most perpetrators specifically target Gun Free Zones, almost certainly because they believe no one will be shooting back at them.
On a similar note, more than 50% of all shooting sprees are stopped, not by cops, but by law-abiding citizens, two-thirds of whom are armed.
Nothing highlights the fallacy of gun control more than “Gun Free Zones.” They’re the epitome of control, yet the most dangerous knee-jerk response by far. Clearly, more control is not the answer. Never in the history of America has gun control ever reduced crime. In fact, time and time again we see the same repeating pattern: When gun control in an area is relaxed, crime drops. When gun control in an area is increased, crime rises.
Jan 1, 2014 Update: Ever since a federal court forced Chicago to process concealed carry applications, crime dropped. In less than six months, it has dropped by more than 30%. That’s MASSIVE.
These are facts, people. I’m asking to you remain cognizant of these facts, and to base your decisions upon the facts, rather than siding with a bunch of hysterical, nonsensical, and ignorant rhetoric lifted from the whiny ramblings of a few emotionally-driven special interest groups.
Siding with FACTS will help keep American citizens safe. Siding with ignorant rhetoric will not. For the sake and safety of ourselves and our loved ones, let us please stick with the facts.
Addendum: The following letter from a man in Australia was supposedly debunked by the liberal rag SNOPES, but was confirmed to be true by a friend of mine who was born and raised in Australia and who lives there to this very day. Like the statistics gleaned from the UK’s disarmament mess, the Australian government has learning the hard way that gun-free zones do not work, and when you try to create one big gun-free zone for your entire country, well, that’s just particularly stupid:
Hi Yanks, I thought you all would like to see the real figures from Down Under. It has now been 12 months since gun owners in Australia were forced by a new law to surrender 640,381 personal firearms to be destroyed by our own government, a program costing Australia taxpayers more than $500 million dollars.
The first year results are now in:
* Australia-wide, homicides are up 6.2 percent …
* Australia-wide, assaults are up 9.6 percent …
* Australia-wide, armed robberies are up 44 percent (yes, 44 percent)!
In the state of Victoria alone, homicides with firearms are now up 300 percent. Note that while the law-abiding citizens turned them in, the criminals did not and criminals still possess their guns!
While figures over the previous 25 years showed a steady
decrease in armed robbery with firearms, this has changed drastically upward in the past 12 months, since the criminals now are guaranteed that their prey is unarmed.There has also been a dramatic increase in break-ins and assaults of the elderly, while the resident is at home.
Australian politicians are at a loss to explain how public safety has decreased, after such monumental effort and expense was expended in ‘successfully ridding Australian society of guns …’
You won’t see this on the American evening news or hear your governor or members of the State Assembly disseminating this information.
The Australian experience speaks for itself. Guns in the hands of honest citizens save lives and property and, yes, gun-control laws affect only the law-abiding citizens.
Take note Americans, before it’s too late!