According to the FBI’s definitionÂ of Mass Shooting, more than 98% of them occurredÂ in a ‘Gun Free Zone’.
After the Ft. Lauderdale shooting that took place in early 2017, the CPRC noted that from the 1950â€™s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4 percent of mass shootings as defined by the FBI have occurred on gun-free zones, with just 1.6 percent occurring where citizens are allowed to have firearms with them.
Soak that in. Almost 100 percent of mass shootings since the 1950â€™s have happened where no one can shoot back.
While this stat is almost too high to believe, itâ€™s not at all shocking. For those looking to take the most amount of life, and do the most amount of damage, targeting locations or people who are generally unarmed and unable to defend themselves is what theyâ€™ll seek out.
Gun control laws arenâ€™t going to make anyone safer. Logically, criminals do not follow those laws, and a sign restricting guns on locations they intend to target wonâ€™t make them give up and turn around. Trained, armed staff who can combat the killer is the best method by which to stop someone like Nikolas Cruz.
I think this statistic basicallyÂ puts to bed the claim that making an area a “Gun Free Zone” does anything helpful. It is clear that ‘Gun Free Zones’ actually attract shooters. These shooters are cowards and the idea of trained professionalsÂ with a gun at these places would likely scare them off.