Another shooting in a another gun free zone: Binghamton, NY
Time after time multiple- victim public shootings occur in “gun free zones” — public places where citizens are not legally able to carry guns. The horrible attack today in Binghamton, New York is no different. Every multiple-victim public shooting that I have studied, where more than three people have been killed, has taken place where guns are banned.
You would think that it would be an important part of the news stories for a simple reason: Gun-free zones are a magnet for these attacks. Extensive discussions of these attacks can be found here and here. We want to keep people safe, but the problem is that it is the law-abiding good citizens, not the criminals, who obey these laws. We end up disarming the potential victims and not the criminals. Rather than making places safe for victims, we unintentionally make them safe for the criminal.
At some point, you would think the media would notice that something is going on here, that these murderers aren’t just picking their targets at random. And this pattern isn’t really too surprising. Most people understand that guns deter criminals. . . . .
Police try their best and thank goodness they are available, but as often happens in these cases, it took a very long time for police to respond. It is disappointing though that the police chief can't give a more precise number on how long it took for them to respond.
The chief defended the time it took officers to go into the building — an hour to 90 minutes.
Six new anti-gun bills will be heard in NY this next week.