Re: Gun free zones are stupidest things ever to exist
Date: October 13, 2022 03:49PM
> A gun free zone is an area where firearms are
> prohibited by law. In the wake of mass shootings,
> many politicians have called for more gun free
> zones as a way to prevent violence. However, there
> is little evidence to suggest that gun free zones
> are effective in deterring crime. In fact, some
> experts believe that gun free zones actually make
> people less safe. By preventing law-abiding
> citizens from carrying firearms, gun free zones
> leave them defenseless against armed criminals. In
> addition, gun free zones often fail to take into
> account the fact that many criminals do not obey
> the law. As a result, gun free zones provide a
> false sense of security and do nothing to deter
> crime. For these reasons, gun free zones are often
> seen as stupid and ineffective.
Gun free zones were enacted in the 90s to give prosecutors another charge (with mandatory minimums) to bring against street level drug dealers, who were perceived to a) frequent areas around schools, etc, and b) often carry guns. Anybody who wanted to be considered tough on crime and drugs loved these things. Drug free zones, too, which came into existence about the same time.
Nobody believed the signs would physically prevent anybody from carrying guns or drugs. when these laws were passed. Few, if anybody, does today. They were designed to pile on those who carry at sentencing. Anybody who says any different is lying to you.
Which basically means right wing media.