Letter: Eliminate gun-free zones

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.

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Jan Bednarz

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2 thoughts on “Letter: Eliminate gun-free zones

  1. You are 100% right on the money, writer Bednarz… This is so obvious and yet the typical citizen sits there dumbfounded when this is pointed out, and have no understanding of how this can be – but the research and the facts are clear, despite the media’s efforts to cast doubt on the veracity of your points… Well done!!

  2. A shooter kills 22 people in a Wal-mart in Texas, which has some of the highest rates of gun ownership, and least restrictive gun laws. How come those lax gun laws didn’t protect people there? So we fly our flags at half-mast this week because we make no effort to stop deranged people from being able to buy automatic weapons capable of killing dozens in a very short period. Meanwhile we are still being told that more guns will reduce the amount of violence, with all evidence to the contrary. Pathetic logic and unfortunate that the IBJ would print this drivel.

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