Gun Free Zones: An article by Tom Givens.

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Reposted from Tom Givens:

In the wake of the tragic, horrific slaughter of innocent school children in Connecticut, there has been a renewed cry for more gun control laws. This stems from the natural need to “do something” when a tragedy of this proportion occurs. I agree we need to do something, but the “something” I want is a bit different.
The “Gun Free Schools Act of 1994” made it a federal crime to possess a firearm on any
school property. Many states enacted similar legislation at the state level, as the
federal act required them to do so or lose certain federal funding. Thus, it has been a
crime to go onto school property anywhere in the US while in possession of a gun for the
past 28 years. Has that helped?
Well, I did some research and I cannot find a single mass school shooting in the US prior to 1994, when this bill was passed. For the purposes of this discussion, I will define a
“mass school shooting” as one in which three or more people were killed. I have found 14
such incidents in the United States between 1997 and the Newtown, CT, incident of
yesterday. That is an average of one incident every two years. ALL OF THESE OCCURRED AFTER THE ENACTMENT OF THE GUN FREE SCHOOLS ACT OF 1994! Let me emphasize that—every mass school shooting in the US occurred AFTER it became illegal to possess a gun on school grounds. Why?
The answer should be obvious. By making schools a “gun free zone”, you automatically disarm all law abiding citizens at those locations. This is tantamount to placing a sign on the front of the building inviting criminals and mentally deranged persons to come
shoot up the place. “Come on in. We’re all unarmed, by law. We won’t interfere with your mayhem.” Disgusting…..

I, for instance, have a state issued handgun carry permit. I am certified by the NRA as a
Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor and I have been certified by the FBI as a police
firearms instructor. I am certified by two states to train and certify new firearms
instructors for those states. I have held a law enforcement officer commission. I travel
all over the US teaching defensive firearms use. Yet, by law, I would commit a felony by stepping onto school grounds while wearing my sidearm. Despite this, someone who, for whatever reason, wants to shoot up a school can walk right in. If he is willing to murder six year olds in cold blood, he certainly won’t be deterred by a law against bringing a gun onto the campus. Duh….. To think otherwise is so naïve as to be a form of mental illness.
I think it is truly ironic that in the first mass school shooting I could find, occurring in 1997, the mayhem was stopped when the Assistant Principal got a handgun from his car and confronted the gunman, who surrendered to him. Thank God the Assistant Principal had an ILLEGAL gun that day.
A couple of weeks ago, there was an attempted mass shooting at a mall in Oregon. The
demented shooter had a high capacity semiautomatic rifle, but he only managed to kill two
people and wound one other before killing himself. Why was the body count so low, given
that this was obviously a copy-cat version of the Aurora, CO, shootings? The answer is
simple. Because Nick Meli, age 22, was at the mall there with his wife and child. Nick
has a concealed carry permit and was wearing a handgun concealed on his person. When the suspect began shooting, Nick drew his gun and verbally challenged the gunman. Meli held his fire because of innocent people in the background (excellent judgment under stress), but his actions caused the gunman to break off the attack, run into a nearby service corridor and kill himself, ending the spree. Of course, the lamestream media will not tell you about Nick. They would prefer a higher body count rather than tell you a legally armed citizen saved the day. Here are a few other instances that two minutes of internet research brought to light. In each case, a legally armed private citizen saved lives by being there and by being armed.
1. In Pearl, Mississippi in 1997, 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed and bludgeoned to
death his mother at home, then killed two students and injured seven at his high school.
As he was on his way to another school building , he was stopped by Assistant Principal
Joel Myrick, who had gone out to get a handgun from his car. Having that gun was illegal,
but it saved lives.
2. In Edinboro, Pennsylvania in 1996, 14-year-old Andrew Wurst shot and killed a teacher
at a school dance, and shot and injured several other students. He had just left the
dance hall, carrying his gun when he was confronted by the dance hall owner James Strand, who lived next door and kept a shotgun at home.
3. In Winnemucca, Nevada in 2008, Ernesto Villagomez killed two people and wounded two others in a bar filled with three hundred people. He was then shot and killed by a patron who was carrying a gun (and had a concealed carry license).
4. In Colorado Springs in 2007, Matthew Murray killed four people at a church. He was
then shot several times by Jeanne Assam, a church member, volunteer security guard, and former police officer (she had been dismissed by a police department 10 years before, and to my knowledge hadn’t worked as a police officer since).
So, I do want some legislative action. I want “gun free zones” abolished, at least for legally armed citizens with government issued licenses to carry. This is real “common sense” gun legislation.

16 thoughts on “Gun Free Zones: An article by Tom Givens.”

  1. This x 1000
    Tomorrow I will find the name of every senator that voted for that bill and post them. Time to expose the people who’s failed policies contributed to these shootings.

  2. “Well, I did some research and I cannot find a single mass school shooting in the US prior to 1994, when this bill was passed.”

    While agree with the whole “gun free zones banished” thing, i would like to point out the Texas University massacre August 1, 1966, 13 people killed.

    This is an effort to make your view less slanted. I do support what you are saying, but let’s not give the anti’s something to nitpick.

    1. I may be wrong, but I believe the post which Miguel borrowed was referring more towards children’s schools (i.e. elementary, middle, and high schools.)

  3. I wasn’t able to find the original as posted by Tom Givens–only references quoting it. I don’t like blindly posting stuff I haven’t verified even if it fits my agenda, so I did a bit of Wikipedia research. From the page

    1950 on, I looked for K-12 shootings with three or more deaths

    December 30, 1974
    January 17, 1989
    May 1, 1992

    December 1, 1997
    March 24, 1998
    April 20, 1999:
    May 20, 1999
    March 21, 2005
    October 2, 2006
    February 27, 2012
    December 14, 2012

    The article made sense before I looked into details, but If we are going to say ‘something changed’, I think a more logical conclusion is that the change occurred in the late 80′s.

  4. Tom missed one other thing. the GFSZA of 94 was in actuality a slightly rewritten version of the same bill from 1990. the 1990 one got tossed out by the courts shortly after it was signed.

  5. So now that we’ve established with a couple of examples of school shootings happening BEFORE the Federal GFSZA and the following enforcement of STATE GFSZA’s so they could keep money flowing to schools…Does anyone else doubt that this has been made worse by the GFSZA?

    1. You know? It makes you think that there is a truly Anti Israel lobby in Congress. In 1994 we got tired to scream about the Israeli example of school protection and it was ignored. After 9/11 again we said “Hey! Look at El Al! They don’t have hijackings! They are good at how they do air travel.” But instead we got TSA, Federal Fondlers and billions of $ wasted on Theater of The Safe/Absurd. Monies that could have been used in protecting our schools if you think about it.

    2. I disprove of the GFSZA for many reasons, and it cannot possibly help reduce school shootings. However, my disaproval would remain even if it were proven to make no difference in school shootings.

      Unlike the Brady Bunch, we don’t need to promote falsehoods (even initially innocent ones, as I’m sure this was) to support our position. In this case, promoting something so easily disproven is more damaging than helpful in the long run.

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