One thing that recent mass shootings have hopefully taught us – this idea of creating “gun-free” zones has cost us dozens of lives. I think it would be a good idea if someone prominent in the national media would start a tally of the number of people shot and killed in gun-free zones. Columbine, Virginia Tech, Sandy Hook, the Aurora Cinemark.
Sensible people see this. But the problem is that the solution, allowing people to arm and protect themselves, clashes directly with leftist ideology. So the solution is not likely to be enacted.
And so we have this growing division in our society. Sensible people seeing what needs to be done. Some of them are taking matters into their own hands and buying guns. I have never owned a gun in my life, but I’m actually toying with the idea. But the leftist media elites are bearing down on their ideology, insisting that disarming law-abiding citizens is the answer.
Here in Maricopa County, Sheriff Joe Arpaio has assembled an armed posse of 3000 volunteers to patrol the area around schools. That’s a start. Get them inside the schools and that would be real protection.
Here’s the law I would like to see enacted, though I know it won’t be. I would like to see Congress grant to each person in the country who has a legitimate permit the right to carry a gun anywhere, regardless of any institutional policies that might otherwise be in place, unless the ban on guns is enforced. In other words, if you want a gun-free zone, make sure it is a gun-free zone by having working metal detectors with security guards. Otherwise, you can take a gun without repercussions.
My wife works in a hospital, and they have a policy of not allowing any guns. Even the security guards are not armed. She said they all feel vulnerable. Once a crazed person starts shooting, it takes an armed response to stop him. How long would that take on, say, the fifth floor of the hospital?
Anybody ought to be able to understand that.
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