Pierre Atlas asks, “Is there any specific legislation that might have prevented the Virginia Beach massacre?” [Let’s focus on who has access to guns, Forefront, June 14]
The answer is yes. That legislation would be to eliminate gun-free zones. There is a common denominator among the mass killing in Virginia, at schools, in nightclubs, post offices, etc. The common denominator is that all were gun-free zones.
I recall a conversation that I had with a business client that was visiting from Spain several years ago. We were in rural central Indiana and were driving to a town 10 miles away for lunch. Along the way we passed several farmhouses. He said you would not see that in Spain. I asked him what he meant. He said in Spain, that farmhouse would have a wall around it to protect the people in the house from bandits. I told him that in the United States, the Second Amendment of the Constitution protects that house. He asked me to explain. I advised him that because the Second Amendment allows citizens to have guns, there is a 99% chance that the farm houses have at least one gun and possibly more guns … and the bandits know that if they try to break into that house, they will be looking at a gun pointed at them. Thus the reason why there are very few break-ins in occupied rural houses.
He said that he wished that they had a Second Amendment in Spain.
Gun-free zones are considered to be “soft targets.” Deranged shooters are attracted to them because they will be able to get their 15 minutes of fame before they are stopped.
I do not own a gun, but I grew up around them and have no fear of them. I am not a member of the NRA. It takes a human being to pull the trigger. Even the deranged shooter knows that schools, municipal buildings, parks and several other buildings are gun-free zones.