To the Editor: Recently, there were two horrifying mass shooting incidents, back to back, leaving citizens reeling from the horror of them. The instinct in these situations is to look for ways to prevent these tragedies from ever happening again. From Red Flag laws, to limits on ammo capacity, to increased background checks, and more.
But are more gun laws really the answer?
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.
There have been increasing numbers of gun laws since FDR's National Firearms Act of 1934, meant to curtail gangland violence.
This trend would seem to fit that definition, because they have done little to nothing to stop these incidents. Designating certain places as Gun Free zones appears to be no deterrent.
From a recent article in The American Spectator, (published Aug. 7, 2019 by George Parry)
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, between 1950 and 2018 97.8 percent of all mass public shootings occurred in gun-free zones.
It would seem, then, that Gun Free Zones offer little except to make sure anyone with ill intent can effectively carry out their murderous goals on an unprotected group of victims.
What's the solution?
Ending the open invitations of Gun Free zones might be a good start. Or, as a nation we can continue doing the same thing over and over, and wonder why these things keep happening. There's a word for that...