The myth of “Gun Free Zones”
If you have visited any school, movie theater, bank, or even some restaurants in recent months, you may have been much more susceptible to a violent crime as soon as you walked through the door. In fact, the second you crossed that threshold you had a target on your back that spelled out in great big red letters “helpless victim!” And chances are you didn’t even realize it.
Let’s be honest. No one in their right mind willingly allows themselves to become a victim, let alone placing a neon flashing light that alerts would-be attackers to their vulnerability. And yet, that’s exactly what happens every time you enter somewhere that has a “gun free zone” sign posted. You see, to a criminal, disregard of the law is a norm. If it wasn’t, that person wouldn’t be a criminal. Either through willful disregard, or through mental illness, if someone has the mindset to disregard laws in the first place, why would they heed the suggestion of a sign posted on the outside of a restaurant, school, bank, or anywhere?
In fact, there has been a federal mandate in effect since 1994 implementing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to guns of any sort on school campuses. Which obviously was quite effective seeing as how the US has had absolutely zero school shootings since the mandate was implemented. Oh wait… It’s almost as if the murderers involved didn’t care about laws or signs!
Look, this isn’t an article about statistics on mass murders involving guns in “gun free zones” nor is it an article implying that every one of the killers was either a criminal (obviously) or had some sort of mental illness. If you want statistics battles and medical jargon, type “gun free zones” in google and strap on your helmet. My point to you is this. If you would not feel safe posting a “gun free zone” sign in the front yard of your home, then why does it make sense to place them anywhere else you go? Do not let yourself become a victim.
For one reason or another, bad things are going to happen regardless of federal mandates, signs, or laws.
Be Prepared. Stay Vigilant. Remember that YOU are your first line of defense.