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Published On: Tue, Feb 27th, 2018

Gun-free zones linked to 98% of mass shootings

As the rage over AR-15 rifles and gun control divides America, stats show that gun-free zones are putting targets on locations and people.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, from the 1950’s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4 percent of mass shootings have occurred on gun-free zones, with just 1.6 percent occurring where citizens are allowed to have firearms with them.

The research was actually updated from a previous figure in response to an article written by the gun-control advocacy group Everytown.org, which attempted to dismiss the CPRC’s research, saying “the gun lobby’s claims that so-called “gun-free zones” endanger Americans are inconsistent with evidence.”

Everytown made headlines by falsely overstating the number of shootings in 2018 by including suicides, misfires and drive by shootings in the total. Their data was the fake news rhetoric immediately following the Florida shooting.

In their rebuttal of the CPRC data, Everytown quoted their OWN research, but not the FBI’s definition of mass shooting: “The FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence” or that were part of some other crime.  The FBI also defines “public” places as “includ[ing] commercial areas (divided into malls, businesses open to pedestrian traffic, and businesses closed to pedestrian traffic), educational environments (divided into schools [pre-kindergarten through 12th grade] and IHEs), open spaces, government properties (divided into military and other government properties), houses of worship, and health care facilities.

View the list for yourself, follow the link here.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, introduced the Gun-Free School Zones Act(GFSZA) to the U.S. Senate in 1990, and it was signed into law by then-President George H.W. Bush, a Republican.

The act was clearly proposed with the intent to prevent mass shootings at such precious areas as schools.

The move has been an unmitigated failure and should be overturned.

 

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- Writer and Co-Founder of The Global Dispatch, Brandon has been covering news, offering commentary for years, beginning professionally in 2003 on Crazed Fanboy before expanding into other blogs and sites. Appearing on several radio shows, Brandon has hosted Dispatch Radio, written his first novel (The Rise of the Templar) and completed the three years Global University program in Ministerial Studies to be a pastor. To Contact Brandon email [email protected] ATTN: BRANDON

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