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How gun-free zones invite mass shootings

By John Lott Jr.  –  November 20, 2018

“This doesn’t happen anywhere else on the planet,” said California’s Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom. “We stand alone in the world in the number of mass shootings,” echoed U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y. These were typical comments after an alleged shooter murdered 12 people in Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif.

People have been acting for a long time like the United States is the world’s hotbed of mass public shootings. Following a 2015 mass shooting during his administration, President Barack Obama declared: “The one thing we do know is that we have a pattern now of mass shootings in this country that has no parallel anywhere else in the world.”

This belief is constantly used to push for more gun control. If we can only get rid of guns in the United States, we will get rid of these mass public shootings and be more like the rest of the world, gun-control supporters preach.

But America doesn’t lead the world in mass public shootings. We’re not even close. Just last month, a school shooting in Crimea, Russia, claimed 20 lives and wounded 65 others. But Americans usually don’t hear about such events.


It is understandable that the media doesn’t cover most mass public shootings in other countries. But as much as it might not fit the media’s narrative, the U.S. is a relatively safe place from these shooting attacks. Still, we need to let people protect themselves and each other. We need to get rid of gun-free zones.

John R. Lott Jr. is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center and the author most recently of “The War on Guns.”

Photo credit: People attend a funeral ceremony in Kerch, Crimea, on Oct. 19, 2018, after a student opened fire at a technical college and 20 people were killed. (Andrey Petrenko/Getty-AFP)

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  1. We aren’t even on the map compared to our Southern American cousins. If you include the deed (Murder) by whatever means, Mexico is hard to beat. The cartels down there are virtually committing “Mass Murder” on a daily basis.

  2. Democrats ignore the truth about guns! They want to take our guns, not to make America safer, but to make it easier for them to fulfill their agendas! As long as we have the 2nd Amendment and Constitution, Democrats cannot impose Socialist/Communist/Globalist rule and turn our country over to the United Nations! Research agenda 21 now called agenda 2030 of the United Nations, study the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world! You must read in depth to get to their true intentions. The surface reading is like “ok good” but as you dig in deep, you will find the Disarmament Agenda, Taking of up to 50% of Americas and every countries land for the United Nations, UN Troop Development in EVERY country of the world, they will control EVERY countries minerals, water, food source (GMO), ETC! Back to guns, sorry, Democrats have been trying to force gun control upon us for decades, the only problem now is that Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama signed America into the Small Arms Treaty, which bypasses our Constitution! They are trying to cause a Civil War or Conflict within America so they can insight Martial Law, under Martial Law there is no Constitutional law, so they will use that to try and take our guns!

  3. I’m still astounded by the ignorance of gun control advocates–it must be willful!–when they argue that the US is the most violent country. Some simple research will show that this not true. Same argument with school shootings–the Beslan School shooting in Russia in 2004 holds the record with over 300 dead and over 700 wounded. The worst school massacre in US history was achieved with mostly dynamite. And then, when you remove the violence in the major urban areas plagued with gang/drug activity, the US assumes a rate comparable with any other industrialized nation–and of course the major urban areas in question have the tightest gun control laws in the country.

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