By: Brian Evans
On Friday, February 15, 2019, yet another shooting occurred at the Henry Pratt Company (HPC), in Aurora Illinois, which once again, happens to be a ‘gun free zone’! Georgia Carry posted a photo of the Henry Pratt sign on their front door, letting visitors and employees know that it is a “gun free zone”! Therefore, the shooter, who it turns out was a long-time employee that was being fired, knew very assuredly that if they entered their place of employment with a gun, nobody would be able to stop him, at least until the Police showed up and could enter, which unfortunately gives him enough time for him to kill a number of people!
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In 2014 the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) released a revised report showing 92% of mass public shootings between January 2009 and July 2014 took place in gun-free zones. The statistics show that criminals are more likely to attack in area’s where they know that American’s cannot defend themselves.
“This attempted mass public shooting occurred in yet another gun-free zone. 98% of mass public shootings since 1950 have taken place in areas where people can’t defend themselves.”
Democrats push gun confiscation as the solution, but is it truly a solution? In fact, a Bloomberg’s “Analysis of Recent Mass Shootings” shows that between 1950 and 2016 only 1.6% of mass public shootings occurred in areas where guns are allowed, while over 98.4% of mass shootings occurred in areas where guns have been banned. An indication that soft targets, areas where guns are not allowed, ultimately result in an increase in mass public shootings. After all, there isn’t any deterrent for a mentally deranged psychopath who chooses to cause mass casualties on our schools or places of work to be deterred! The following shows the number of shootings in gun free zones vs. non-gun free zones from 1950 to 2016…
The second chart shows that between 1998 and 2015, mass public shootings where guns were allowed was at a minimal 3.8% of the incidents, and over 98% of the mass shootings occurred in places where people had no way to defend themselves. Once again, a sign that areas with guns are a huge deterrent for those who intend to inflict harm on others.
Reportedly five were murdered in the attack at the Henry Pratt Company in Aurora, Illinois. The Pratt shooter’s name has been identified as Gary Martin, who has a violent felony record, where authorities reported that…
Still, Democrats like Chelsea Clinton and others immediately called for gun control and gun confiscation within MINUTES of the incident! Therefore, would repealing the 2nd Amendment truly be the answer to taking guns from criminals and ending mass murder? The answer once again would have to be no. Throughout America’s history, lawmakers have tried to control items and substances that are available to American’s but failed every time. Our government has fought to control and end narcotics trafficking, alcohol during prohibition and in the hands of minors, and handguns and illegal weapons. In each instance, our government only created a vacuum for the sale of illegal street drugs and drug cartel smuggling across the border, the rise of illegal alcohol sales, gave rise to the mafia’s power during prohibition, and black market gun sales by criminals. Therefore, repealing the 2’nd Amendment is truly not an answer to the debate. Also, if a mass murderer truly wants to kill a large number of people, they can create a bomb using easily accessible items like the ones in Steve Paddock’s vehicle in Las Vegas massacre. Terrorists have even used vehicles as a weapon which have been known to be more deadly than a gun by murdering larger numbers of civilians, so should we outlaw automobiles?
The following are the shootings that ALL OCCURRED IN GUN FREE ZONES since 2007…
- Aurora Illinois’ Henry Pratt Shooting Occurred in Gun-Free Zone
- Lone Star Bar & Grill (November 7, 2018)
- Parkland high school (February 14, 2018)
- Orlando Pulse nightclub (June 12, 2016)
- San Bernardino (December 2, 2015)
- Umpqua Community College (October 1, 2015)
- Lafayette movie theater (July 23, 2015)
- Sandy Hook Elementary School (December 14, 2012)
- Fort Hood (April 2, 2014)
- D.C. Navy Yard (September 16, 2013)
- Aurora movie theater (July 20, 2012)
- Fort Hood (November 5, 2009)
- Virginia Tech (April 16, 2007)
So what is the answer? Many places are looking to protect their populations from psychotic killers by arming themselves and letting everyone know what the consequence will be if they dare threaten and attack their own. For example, one church in Florida armed themselves and posted…
Please know this is not a gun free zone – we are heavily armed – any attempt will be dealt with deadly force – yes we are a church and will protect our people – The Pastors
After all, with Christians and Jews being threatened and persecuted with threats and actual attacks, nobody can blame them for defending themselves! The pastor pointed to the recent assault on a church in Texas that killed 26 people and the 2015 attack on a church in Charleston!
After looking at the statistics, looking at the failures of government protecting our children, families, and neighborhoods, it is time for us to look at other alternatives. Blatantly, gun free zones have proven to create soft-targets that allow armed intruders to penetrate the buildings, move un-confronted for precious minutes before the armed police can arrive. After all…
Now, it is high time that we create a deterrent for these mentally ill terrorists to breach the sanctity of schools, churches, businesses, homes, and communities, and threaten our most precious possession, the sanctity of human life. It is time for us to make it known that anyone who tries to breach the walls of our schools, businesses, homes, and places of worship will be met with force. It will require our schools and businesses to create a background check system, and training classes that prepare those professionals who carry guns, and allow our citizenry to carry, as the 2nd Amendment provides for! Every single second count’s in a shooting, and calling 911 to wait for the police to arrive isn’t good enough. We have to give our citizens a fighting chance in the precious minutes while the police travel to the site.
If we lived in a perfect world, we wouldn’t have to implement such measures. However, we don’t live in a perfect world anymore, as Marxism and anti-Christian morals seep throughout our nation and our communities! We live in a time where our children are exposed to murder and death on a daily basis. We live in a time where we are under the constant threat of terrorism and murder. Ultimately, taking guns away from Americans is not the answer. That would only create the largest target for those who aim to kill the citizens of our nation. Therefore, we need to work to implement retired police officers and veterans to help watch over and protect our schools and communities. We need to allow our citizens to be armed and protect themselves. Then, and only then can we begin to implement real life-saving strategies that can keep our friends, our little ones, and our families safe, as we create the biggest deterrent available, the realization that if they try to inflict harm and death, they do so at their own peril!