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Published On: Mon, Oct 5th, 2015

Cornell professor: end gun-free zones at schools

In the wake of Oregon shooting, gun control discussions are flooding the headlines, talk shows and even the White House press conferences. Now Cornell Law School professor William A. Jacobson examines the topic and the trend of “gun free zones” in related shootings.

“In almost all mass shooting situations, particularly at schools, the common theme is a gun-free zone, with the shooter being the only one armed person in the building for minutes or longer. And in each case, the shooter couldn’t care less about the gun-free nature of the building, and if anything, was drawn to such a location….”

“Gun-free zones presume the good intentions of those entering the zone. And the overwhelming majority have such good intentions. But for those who have bad intentions, gun-free zones turn schools and other locations into shooting galleries. The good people are unarmed, the evil person is armed.”

How to Control a Nation gun ban distractionsJacobson could have added other instances like Sandy Hook or the James Holmes attack on a movie theater, both of which were free of retaliation from armed citizens.

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John Lott, author of More Guns Less Crime, states that “Just as higher arrest and conviction rates deter crime, so does the risk that someone committing a crime will confront someone able to defend him or herself. There is a strong negative relationship between the number of law-abiding citizens with permits and the crime rate—as more people obtain permits there is a greater decline in violent crime rates. For each additional year that a concealed handgun law is in effect the murder rate declines by 3 percent, rape by 2 percent, and robberies by over 2 percent.”

Lott’s research points to more crime with stricter gun laws, a fact attacked by critics. He addresses “acquaintance murder” explaining: “You are referring to the often-cited statistic that 58 percent of murder victims are killed by either relatives or acquaintances. However, what most people don’t understand is that this “acquaintance murder” number also includes gang members killing other gang members, drug buyers killing drug pushers, cabdrivers killed by customers they picked up for the first time, prostitutes and their clients, and so on. “Acquaintance” covers a wide range of relationships. The vast majority of murders are not committed by previously law-abiding citizens. Ninety percent of adult murderers have had criminal records as adults.”

 

 

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