Posted by: reformedmusings | November 23, 2008

Gun-free zones empower mass murder

In When Seconds Count: Stopping Active Killers, Cincinnati, Ohio, TV station WCPO researched stories on what law enforcement circles call “active shooters”, or more appropriately, “active killers”. These are low-lifes like the Columbine and Virginia Tech murderers who kill premeditatedly, quickly, and determinedly, without hesitation or remorse. At Columbine, the murderers killed the last 15 out of 35 students while the SWAT team stood outside getting their act together. Police around the country struggled to adapt their response tactics. I’ve been following the developments in the trade magazines with interest.

Then at Virginia Tech, the murderer killed 30 before the police reacted decisively. The highly-tauted new tactics proved of no avail. Time to revamp the tactics again. But it won’t matter. The only successful way to interrupt an active killer, or to deter one, is to have armed citizens at the scene at the start of the attack. This proved decisive in Pearl, MS, Virginia’s Appalachian School of Law, the Colorado church, and the Omaha Mall. The heroes at the Pearl and Appalachian schools had to retrieve their legal firearms from their cars in the parking lot, resulting in unnecessary delays in response. In Omaha, the intervener had defied the mall’s ban on concealed weapons, and his defiance ultimately saved lives.

And that gets to a side comment made by WCPO in the initial article, which they later backed up in an update. About active killers:

They may select schools and shopping malls because of the large number of defenseless victims and the virtual guarantee no on the scene one is armed.

As soon as they’re confronted by any armed resistance, the shooters typically turn the gun on themselves.

Their research is spot on. Almost all active killer incidents happen in gun-free zones. Gun-free zones provide mass murderers a no-threat, target-rich environment. Schools are gun-free zones by law. Many malls and some restaurants are posted as gun-free zones. Some states have yet to acknowledge their citizens’ right to bear arms on their person for their defense against violent predators. John Lott wrote There Are No Gun Free, Safe Zones in 2003, and Gun Free Zones Are Not Safe about this back in April, amongst other essays, all based on actual incident data. You can read some interesting stats on active killers and the current law enforcement debate at this link. Again the analysis shows the cowardice of active killers:

They choose unarmed, defenseless innocents for a reason: They have no wish to encounter someone who can hurt them. They are personally risk- and pain-avoidant.

Yet, pathological gun-control freaks want to disarm law-abiding citizens and provide murders, rapists, and other violent offenders all the freedom that they need to victimize their targets. This, in the face of mounds of evidence that shows that if must-issue concealed carry were universal, these mass murders would all but evaporate from the landscape. Sorta redefines chutzpa.

This all goes back to what I, and even honest police say – that they are there to document and clean up the mess when it’s all over. They draw the lines around the bodies and take the pictures. It’s up to you to defend yourself and your loved ones when the stuff hits the fan. Are you ready?

And if possible, avoid gun-free zones. Gun-free Zones = Target-rich Environment. That’s where the mass murders like to work.

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