Essay on Gun Control And The Gun Free Zone Act

1018 Words Dec 20th, 2015 5 Pages
One of the most ineffective gun laws in place today is the gun free zones act, limiting where one can bring a gun. Gun free zones are an easy target for mass killers. Gun control advocates often fail to see that guns deter criminals. For instance, John R. Lott an American economist, political commentator, and gun rights advocate puts this law it into perspective in his article “Bans don’t deter killers”: “If a killer were stalking your family, would you feel safer putting a sign out front announcing, ‘This Home is a Gun-Free Zone’? That is what schools do" (par. 5). Mass killers go where the victims cannot defend themselves. Every single school shooting occurs because the killer knows that they will not be stopped. “Columbine High School, where 13 were shot dead by two students in 1999; Luby 's Cafeteria in Killeen, Texas, where 23 were fatally shot by a deranged man in 1991; or a McDonald 's in Southern California, where 21 people were shot dead by an unemployed security guard in 1984 -- they happened in gun-free zones” (Lott, “Bans don’t deter killers,” part. 2). If just one person had one gun in any of these places, the outcome of the event could have changed drastically. In the Aurora, Colorado during the Batman movie premier the shooter went to the only theater that banned permitted concealed handguns. He did not go to the closest nor largest, but to the one that banned self-defense. (Lott,“Guns in schools can save lives,” par. 3). After schools banned self-defense…

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