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  • Yes. It has helped in other countries.

    The idea that only criminals will have guns in gun-free zones is ludicrous, as long as law enforcement is willing to step in. In many other countries these gun-free zones work very, very well. In fact, in Japan officers are so intent on getting rid of the guns that criminals are unwilling to carry guns for fear of getting caught with them.

  • Yes, gun-free zones do work.

    The argument that advertising a gun-free zone is an invite to bad guys is insane. The solution proposed is to hire and train staff within a gun-free zone and change the signs to reflect such. This is a great idea in theory, the problem is there isn't the money to pay qualified professionals. That is why Ohio is currently voting to give guns to custodians. Really? So now instead of being a stranger in a school, you simply need to apply to be the janitor and they will hand you a gun and teach you how to use it. Then you'll get keys to access the building outside of school hours. It's the dumbest thing I've seen in politics.

  • Statistically, yes, they do

    Statistically, there are significantly fewer crimes using guns in gun free zones. That is just fact. Do they prevent all gun crimes? Of course not. But they do work.

    Of course, the NRA would have you believe otherwise. But their argument usually comes down to "See, there was a shooting in a gun free zone, so obviously gun free zones are ineffective", sort of like saying "See, there was a drunk driving death, so drunk driving laws are ineffective".

    But for those who worship guns, it is not a rational mater, it is a religious one.

  • Statistically, yes, they do

    Statistically, there are significantly fewer crimes using guns in gun free zones. That is just fact. Do they prevent all gun crimes? Of course not. But they do work.

    Of course, the NRA would have you believe otherwise. But their argument usually comes down to "See, there was a shooting in a gun free zone, so obviously gun free zones are ineffective", sort of like saying "See, there was a drunk driving death, so drunk driving laws are ineffective".

    But for those who worship guns, it is not a rational mater, it is a religious one.

  • If you're a good guy with a gun!

    Unless you're a good guy with a gun in a gun free zone then the last place you'd want to be is in a gun free zone when some ahole starts shooting. Guess UCLA was the police's fault for not being everywhere. You gun free people crack me the heck up.

  • Does it hurt to have these zones??

    Without doing any research or having any data handy I would like to take a stab at it, no pun intended. In my heart I would like to believe that gun free zones are a good thing. It’s true that most criminals with intent to harm will not abide by these rules and ignore any posted sign. But that should’t make it any less important to notify persons and enforce these zones.

    I look at it the same way school zones require lower speed limits- people aren’t always going to abide by these rules, but having them posted does deter most speeding. Yes I know this is like comparing apples to oranges, but the point is; having the zones is a first step in reducing gun violence. Is it the end all to the problem; of course not. Anyone with any kind of sense knows that, but it has to start somewhere.

    To those who carry and feel the need to arm themselves let me ask you this: would you carry your weapon of choice (firearm) into a school or courthouse if a sign wasn’t posted? Now how does it change anything if that is now posted and more enforced?

  • They're proven to work.

    The possibility that a gun might be there is not a deterrent--these people are not rational and they usually have an emotional tie to the place they attack. However, an armed person in a gun free zone can be identified as a threat just by their presence with a gun.

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  • LAW abiding vs criminal

    I see a lot of people arguing that these zones do work because having a sign deters people from entering a business if they are armed whether they are a criminal or not. I would agree on that notion only. The problem is, to be a criminal means you don't follow the law. These zones will only deter law abiding citizens who don't want to be prosecuted for violating a rule/law. If any potential criminal is deterred, it is only because they are not intending on committing a crime at that time, and don't want any undue attention on themselves just incase someone does suspect them of something and they have to speak to cops or managers, etc. Where the focus needs to be, is on the criminal who DOES want to commit a crime with a gun. They WILL enter the establishment regardless of what the sign says, because their INTENT is to commit a crime. THAT is the issue. This leaves LAW ABIDING citizens DEFENSELESS because they FOLLOWED the LAW and DIDN'T bring their gun in. And any criminal that plans his/her attack and has INTENT to commit a crime around a bunch of people will always favor Gun-Free zones over anywhere else simply because they know they stand a lesser chance of being shot by someone else and a greater chance of getting away. Simply put, if you are still confused, research how many crimes have been committed using a firearm in places such as Gun-shows, establishments that sell firearms legally, or anywhere else that advertises and makes it known to the public that if properly licensed or otherwise allowed by law, they are allowed to have a gun there. You will find that if a criminal who wants to commit a crime with a gun knows people can shoot back, they tend to avoid those places.

  • Just like drug free zones

    Criminals, by definition don't obey the law. It is the epitome of naivete to think that they will somehow obey just this one law. Besides, it is our second amendment right which allows us to control our own pursuit of life liberty and happiness. Last six words then hit submit.

  • Gun Free zones favor criminals

    If I were a criminal and was planning on using a gun to commit my crime, I would most certainly seek out a gun free zone to do my deed. The problem with the debate on this issue is that many folks look at this from an emotional standpoint instead of logically.

  • It is more complicated than that

    I think the idea of a gun free zone and trusting police to protect you on time is ridiculous. No not just anyone should be allowed to carry a gun though. You need to be trained. Suspected terrorists and mentally ill people should not be allowed to purchase a gun. Maybe they can buy one illegally but considering the fact that it would be more expensive perhaps less unstable people would be able to obtain a gun. Considering semi automatic weapons are already pretty pricey it would cost even more to get one illegally. It might not do much good but it is better than doing nothing. In combination to carrying and making it harder for "the bad guy" to get the weapon these terrorist attacks could become less frequent. I often wonder if terrorists are inspired by other terrorists as well. It is pretty disgusting. These are horrible times to live in, though other things are good for us as humans on this earth.

  • Liberal Feel Good Law

    Forget the even dumber argument that "a good guy with a gun will stop a bad guy with a gun".

    A sign indicating a zone is gun free is not going to stop someone intending to use it. "oh shucks, i wanted to kill my professor, but I can't now because of this gun free zone". See, sounds stupid, right?

  • People will still die

    But there will be someone with a gun there to stop the killing
    , yes people will die but not as much as there would be if there wasn't a good guy to stop them. It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.

  • Criminals don't follow laws

    Simple no no no no no no no no no no no no no no o o o ok o o o o ok o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o

  • Criminals don't follow laws

    Simple no no no no no no no no no no no no no no o o o ok o o o o ok o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o o o o ok o

  • Do criminals follow laws?

    No. That is why they are called criminals. They like gun free zones. When they want to on a shooting spree they go to a gun free zone, where none of the law abiding citizens brought their guns, hence they cant defend anyone. The criminal(Who does not follow laws) decides to shoot at the citizens(He knows he wont get shot at back.) and kills them all before the cops show up.

  • Of course not

    That's why all of these recent mass shooting happen to occur in gun free zones where people are defenseless otherwise. It takes time for police to show up, and what if the shooter happens to be a minority, then the police can't do anything anyway without being called racists lol. This country is going faster and faster downhill.


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