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Larry Pratt: Gun-free zones allow for mass murder

If Americans want to prevent future mass shootings, gun-free zones need to be eliminated, according to Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America.

“We now have good reason to think that many of these mass murders occurred because they were in so-called ‘gun-free zones,’” Pratt said on Monday morning.

He added that criminals don’t follow signs that designate ‘gun-free zones,’ but that these areas actually serve as magnets of sorts for those who want to commit crimes.

Pratt spoke at “The Fallacy of Gun Free School Zones,” hosted by Rep. Steve Stockman (R-Texas) at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center. Pratt was joined by Rob Young, a California police officer. As a child, Young was wounded when shooter Patrick Purdy opened fire at Cleveland Elementary School in Stockton, Calif., killing five children and injuring 27 others. Young shared his story with those in attendance at the event.

“You may be hearing my story and thinking to yourself that more gun-control is what needs to happen,” Young said. “You are not alone in that belief. It seems like that is all we hear after incidents like these. But let me be the one to tell you: gun control is not the answer. Gun control would not of saved me or any of my classmates that dreadful day.”

Young said that he had never blamed firearms for the shooting, but instead blamed his attacker. He stressed that more gun control would not stop criminals, but merely make gun ownership and self-protection more difficult for law-abiding citizens. As a police officer, Young added that law enforcement officers are often not able to get to the scene of a crime until after the incident has ended.

“We do what we can and act when we need to,” he said. “However, we cannot be everywhere at once.”

 

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  1. Roger Mitchell says:

    Man is totally correct, If you know I have a gun and you have a gun you have to stop and ask yourself do I feel lucky as old Harry Callahan asked one thief once . I know I’d be less inc,lined to mess with someone I know is armed and he may be better with his then I am.. I feel no fear when I see anyone with a gun in public As I know I have one with in arms reach somewhere on my person (:
    This is why were I came from we have little to no road rage or punks at a stop light threatening to pull you out of your car because you may be in their hood or they just don’t like your looks or have somthing too prove to get into their gangs or flipping people off or you off I myself had one with alittle or cut off baseball bat to jump out of his jeep from started to run around to my truck at the next stop light after I tooted my horn when he decided to cut into my lane into a 18ft space with a 20 ft car .. He thought he was the man (: Until I laid the barrel of my old Colt Python over the trucks door and put the window down he got white and shut up and ran away back too his jeep. I don’t think he was playing myself.. Had he taken one more step towards me I would have shot him I never pull a gun to play .Its not a toy

  2. ckehoss says:

    Argo shoot yourself, you idiot! The guns are still out there and it is going to take a very long time to get everyone on board before those guns from the gun owner zones. The longer we take to get rid of these monsters, the longer it will be before we can live safely in ANY zone. We lost 20 babies in our state because someone that no one knew would do this got hold of one of these guns that are not suppose to be here. Had the gun not been here, he may have been slowed and perhaps even one of those babies might still be here.

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