Attractive in the sense that it attracts the very people you don’t want. In the case of gun-free zones the attraction is to crazed maniacs who want to shoot up the place. It’s a case of tragic irony that when something is declared gun free, bad guys with guns are attracted to come there to do their evil deeds.
John Lott: Gun-free zones an easy target for killers
The horrible tragedy last night that left nine people dead at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, S.C., probably could have been avoided. Like so many other attacks, the massacre took place in a gun-free zone, a place where the general public was banned from having guns. The gun-free zone obviously didn’t stop the killer from bringing a gun into the church.
Indeed, the circumstantial evidence is strong that these killers don’t attack randomly; they keep picking the few gun-free zones to do virtually all their attacks.
For some reason, people who would never put up a “gun-free zone” sign in front of their own homes, put up such signs for other sensitive areas that we would like to protect.
Time after time, we see that these killers tell us they pick soft targets. With just two exceptions, from at least 1950, all the mass public shootings have occurred in these gun-free zones. From last summer’s mass public killers in Santa Barbara and Canada, to the Aurora movie theater shooter, these killers made it abundantly clear in their diaries or on Facebook how they avoided targets where people with guns could stop them.
And even when concealed handgun permit holders don’t deter the killers, the permit holders stop them. Just a couple of weeks ago, a mass public shooting at a liquor store in Conyers, Ga., was stopped by a concealed handgun permit holder. A couple of people had already been killed by the time the permit holder arrived, but according to Rockdale County Sheriff Eric Levett:
“I believe that if Mr. Scott did not return fire at the suspect, then more of those customers would have [been] hit by a gun. It didn’t appear that he cared who he shot or where he was shooting until someone was shooting back at him. So, in my opinion, he saved other lives in that store.”
There was a video that showed the whole thing but this shooting in Georgia got little news coverage. A concealed carry permit holder stopping a killer and saving lives just doesn’t fit the preferred narrative of the media. It seems that lives saved is not good enough to overcome their mindless prejudice against guns and law-abiding gun owners. The simple truth that killers prefer unarmed victims is apparently too simple and too true and too easy to comprehend for our sophisticated betters in the national news media.
The Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston no doubt preaches peace without understanding that making themselves defenseless attracts violence. There will always be evil people who will seek to take advantage of Christian churches that extend an open welcome to strangers.