I am tired of the rhetoric about gun-free zones being safe zones! Hasn't anyone noticed how many of these gun-free zones are also targeted deliberately by mass murderers, snipers, and serial rapists?
I have thought about this a lot over the recent years, but it was really brought to the forefront on my mind when I heard a story on the news about an apartment complex manager deciding to send letters to the tenants stating firearms would no longer be allowed in the units. All I could think was that the local thugs would love that! A free shopping spree for them and no chance of running into an armed citizen, just prey . . . defenseless prey.
Fort Hood massacre took place in a gun-free zone. The Colorado theater shootings took place in the movie complex that does not allow conceal carry weapons. Schools and colleges across America that have experienced mass shootings have been gun-free zones. Gun-free universities have experienced issues with repeated rapes occurring on their campuses. Some gun-free zones have had knife attacks take place. Anyone see a pattern here? An unarmed citizen is seen as a victim and a target by those who would do evil.
All the gun laws, rules, regulations, and restrictions in the world will not take weapons out of the hands of criminals, lunatics, and terrorists. Only law-abiding people pay attention to the law, not the crooks, cranks, and crackpots. So, stop trying to feed us the notion that a gun-free zone is a safer place to be. Bull hockey! A sign stating someplace is "gun-free" just paints a target on everyone there for those who would take advantage of the defenseless.
I don't want to live in a gun-free zone! I want to live in an America that respects my right to own guns, buy ammunition, and be armed. Because, until there is an evil-free zone, that's the only way to be truly safe! © Suzann C. Darnall, AUGUST 2013