Law Professor William Jacobson: Gun Free Zones Put Good People at the Mercy of Evil People
After the recent shooting at a community college in Oregon, all the usual tropes over gun control have resurfaced. Cornell law professor William Jacobson reminds us of another gun control problem. The term “gun free zone” describes most college campuses in America.
In a new column at USA Today, Jacobson outlined the issue:
Time to talk about gun free zones
A lone gunman went on a shooting rampage at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, on Thursday morning. Immediately after news broke, an all too familiar political dance started. Without knowing anything about the shooter, how the gun was obtained or any of the facts other than vague reports, pro- and anti-gun control advocates took their standard positions.
President Barack Obama even went on television to denounce the lack of gun control laws and political inaction after prior mass shootings.
Late in the evening we learned the name of the shooter, but not much about him. Early reports in such emergency situations often are inaccurate.
In other mass shootings, the shooters’ motivations have varied, from racism to religion to anti-religion. There has not been a single common theme, except for one.
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…
Gun-free zones achieve the opposite of what is intended. Rather than making good people safer, it puts them at the mercy of the evil people.
Read the whole thing here.
This is the conversation progressives don’t want to have about guns.