12/26/2012

New USA Today Op-ed: Guns in schools can save lives: Disarming law abiding citizens left them sitting ducks

My piece starts this way:
Has anyone noticed that these mass shootings at public schools increased after the 1995 Gun-Free School Zone Act? Passed with good intentions, banning guns would supposedly make schools safer. 
But law abiding citizens, not criminals, obey these bans. Instead of making places safer, disarming law abiding citizens left them sitting ducks. 
Killers go where victims can't defend themselves. In the Aurora, Colo., movie theater shooting, out of seven theaters showing the Batman movie premiere within 20 minutes of the suspect's apartment, only one banned permitted concealed handguns. The suspect didn't go to the closest nor the largest, but to the one that banned self-defense. Time after time the story is the same. . . .
After my piece being up on the USA Today website for about 28 hours, the vote on my piece looked like this (82 percent agree, 16 percent disagree):


By contrast, the vote on the USA Today editorial board piece looked like this (39 percent agree with them, 59 percent disagree):


USA Today roundtable discussion  that I participated in on guns and mental illness.

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