Eitorial: Gun Free Zones

Editorial: Be aware of ‘gun free’ zones

Western Outdoor NewsPublished: Sep 12, 2018

The word “lawbreaker” means exactly that: Criminals who don’t obey the laws. So, why would anyone pass a law that takes away the protection of law-abiding citizens? Such is the case with every law that restricts our right to be armed, and every law that says we have no right to carry a gun in a certain place.

The United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), which is the country’s largest and fastest growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly-armed American, released a statement following the recent attack in a so-called “gun-free zone” in Jacksonville, that all Americans should have the right to defend themselves whether at home, at school or at mall.

We certainly agree. There is really no place anywhere in the world where you can be assured that there won’t be an attack by an armed bad guy… they always manage to find a way.

“This was sadly another attack by a clearly deranged individual and we pray for the victims and their families,” read the report. “As we learn more about the individual who perpetrated this attack and the details surrounding it, our nation is once again having a conversation about gun violence and how we can stop future attacks, particularly as our schools re-open around the country for a new year. It’s our hope the critical role of concealed carry rights can play in incidents like this and the abject failure of so-called ‘gun-free zones’ will be part of that conversation.”

As with many other scenes of gun violence in the past, Jackson Landing was a “gun-free zone,” which did nothing to stop an evildoer bent on violence, but which prevented law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves and others. We don’t know if an ordinary citizen with a concealed carry permit could have stopped this attack, but we do know that once again this feel-good policy did nothing to protect innocent lives.

Too many lives have been lost because murderous maniacs know that malls and schools are soft targets where those inside don’t have the ability to protect themselves. In an emergency situation, seconds matter and a well-trained, responsible gun owner can save lives in an active-shooter situation.

It’s important that everyone remember that any restrictions on our rights to be armed, or carry a concealed firearm for those legally licensed, put us in jeopardy. Laws against criminals are just fine, but laws against law-abiding citizens protecting themselves are ridiculous.

Whether it’s our teachers or school administrators who are watching our kids every day or the family shopping at their local mall, every law-abiding American should have the right to protect themselves and others at all times.

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