Gun Control And Gun Free Zones Essay

1091 Words May 24th, 2016 5 Pages
First of all, prohibiting concealed weapons in certain locations would make those “gun-free zones” an easy target for criminals. Although, proponents of prohibiting concealed weapons claim that banning concealed weapons will reduce crimes and ensure that the location is free of gun violence. In reality, it is pretty obvious that“gun-free zones” only attract criminals. If a criminal sees that citizens are not allowed to carry guns in a building, the criminal is most likely to attack the building because there will be no one that can attack back with a gun, making it an easy target. As John R. Lott, who is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission, asserts on, “The horrible tragedy last night that left nine people dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., probably could have been avoided. Like so many other attacks, the massacre took place in a gun-free zone, a place where the general public was banned from having guns. The gun-free zone obviously didn’t stop the killer from bringing a gun into the church.” Like John R. Lott points out, this case shows that gun-free zones do not stop criminals from bringing guns into the buildings. The purpose of gun-free zones is to prevent violence, but the only thing they are accomplishing is attracting gun-handling criminals. Lott also acknowledges a good point when he claims, “Time after time, we see that these killers tell us they pick soft…

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