Thursday, December 20, 2012

"Gun Free" zones

I came across this CNN opinion piece making a case for arming school officials and removing "gun free" zones to prevent mass shootings like the one that took place last week in Connecticut. My personal feeling is that principals, teachers, counselors and secretaries shouldn't be required or expected to learn how to defend themselves and their students if they don't want to. However, I do think that if all schools had armed security staff or police liaisons on hand, it would go a long way to deter these tragic events.

I don't intend to debate my stance or the moral/societal issues at hand. What I did want to call out was this statistic from the article related to mass shootings and "gun free" zones:

"...with just one exception, the attack on U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Arizona, in 2011, every public shooting since 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns. The massacres at Sandy Hook Elementary, Columbine, Virginia Tech and the Century 16 movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, all took place in gun-free zones."

Here's another article that references that statistic and also contains other compelling statistics. Just thought I'd share because I'm a big fan of facts. Of course, everyone interprets things differently so I'm sure someone has issues with these.

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