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.
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.
A gunman will not go shoot up a police station, because they don't want a challenge. However a gun free zone is a zone with no real unseen chance of resistance (ex. A concealed carrier because it is illegal to carry one) so there is an easy target for a gunman to attack.
Statistics speak for themselves in most cases because the majority of these mass shootings occur in Gun Free Zones. The simple fact is that law abiding people will obey the law and the criminals will not. Virtually all Gun Free Zones have ZERO protection to ensure there are no guns. Even in a place where there is security to "ensure" there are no guns people can get guns in when they want to (perfect example the recent shooting at the Los Angeles Airport where one TSA agent was killed and two others injured). I wonder if all you Gun Free Zone advocates would also put a sign in your front yard stating that you have a Gun Free Home?! I doubt it! While I do agree that there should be some common sense regulation for the use of firearms (such as a legal age limit, basic safety training etc.), Gun Free Zones are nothing more than killing fields.
Areas that are gun free zones or have many gun free businesses and areas are shown to have more violent crime or exposure to violent crime with relation to firearms. Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Washington DC and Memphis are examples where the majority of areas are gun free and yet still have the highest rates of gun related crimes. Armed criminals are more likely to commit violent crime if citizens are unable to defend themselves appropriately
Both sides (Pro-gun most especially) can agree that a gun free area will not stop crimes such as mass shootings, murder, and assault with a deadly weapon.
Anti-Gunners state the ensuring no legal firearm (with the exception of LEO and certain Security Personnel) exists in the area will prevent arguments from going sour and escalating to the point where an armed response becomes apparent.
This is working on the thought that people who are carrying guns are prone to violence.
People can be prone to violence and the lack or possession of weapons doesn't not make them any less willing to cause violence if pushed to a point. Anti-gunners state that by removing guns the ability to commit into a grave action is averted.
However based on reality an armed society or an area with high amount of legal firearms doesn't equate into a high violence area. The fact of the matter is, carrying a weapons system in area where they are permitted only becomes a problem if the person carrying knows or assumes they are the only one carrying.
It essentially becomes a situation where the person knows they have the biggest stick in the field where no one else has a stick.
I've lived and operated in areas where firearms were more common than phones and watches, but the rate of violence and crime was either extremely low or non-existent. The two main reasons being the people who owned the arms were normal people and generally normal people didn't decide to just go out and kill people just because they are upset. Most especially because they knew that by doing so they just became a target for a larger armed group.
The possession of arms essentially puts a MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) effect on certain areas preventing the escalation or at the least eliminating and/or containing problems quickly. The offender is aware they have the ability to cause harm but know as well that they will have harm caused to them.
Now anti-gunners here would state that many mass shooters end up killing themselves so the threat of death will not be an issue to them. Yes and No. The threat of death shouldn't be a hinderance to them however fear still prevents from from engaging in areas where they will have to actually fight vs having a bit of free range till the time they decide to kill themselves. Mass shooters aren't suicidal in the sense that they are looking to die, they are maniacs looking to cause major harm before death.
In the end as sad as it seems mass shootings can't be the sole basis for pushing this ideas simply because it is too rare a crime vs the regular crimes which cause the death of many more people.
The saying is true, "The Death of a Few is Tragedy, the death of millions is a statistic."
Build policies on the realities and logic, not emotion and happy thoughts.
Criminals do not follow laws, this is why they have illegal guns in the first place. What they should do is arm law-abiding citizens, and train them to defend themselves against such threats, not lay them out like fish in a barrel. Take Sandy hook, Columbine, Virginia Tech and Aurora for example.
They keep out the guns belonging to decent, law-abiding citizens. The do not keep out the guns of people of malicious intent, and the decent people they victimize are unable to stop them. Carnage ensues until law enforcement arrives; by that time that the villain has run out of ammo. There have been many shooting sprees in gun-free zones. The only purpose of a gun free zone is to give some fools the false impression that they are solving a problem, when in fact they are facilitating the plans of spree killers.
They simply don't work to save lives. Why are there still shootings at schools? Because the gun-free zones don't work. If they did, there wouldn't be shootings at those places. It's just a way to make people feel good. It's no better than someone putting a talisman in front of a door to keep out evil spirits.
Criminals do not obey the law. It truly is as simple as that. If they are going to commit a crime against a person, then they are not going to follow the rules about a gun-free zone. What this does is disarm honest people who do follow the rules. Would you rather have one person holding a gun on others because everyone else followed the rules or would you rather have several people who are legally carrying their guns be able to have access to their own weapons in a situation like this?
Gun free zones do no more than psychological lip work. They are almost, in fact, begging for some psychotic individual to come and start a shooting. Criminals will not see that it's a gun free zone and suddenly decide they won't go there, or that they will not do anything there.