Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz published an open letter that ask customers not to “bring firearms into our stores or outdoor seating areas,” thus wanting to create a “gun-free zone.” Will evil people who want to harm others care?
Criminals pursue the easiest targets. A gun-free zone is an easy target. Movie theaters are easy targets, but not when I’m in there.
The Luby’s restaurant massacre took place on October 16, 1991, in Killeen, Texas. George Hennard drove his pickup truck into the cafeteria and murdered 23 people while wounding another 20, subsequently committing suicide by shooting himself. Because of a Texas gun law at that time, citizens were not permitted to carry a weapon in public places. As is always the case, people who want to commit a crime don’t care about laws:
“Responding to the massacre [at the Luby’s cafeteria], the Texas Legislature in 1995 passed a shall-issue gun law, which requires that all qualifying applicants be issued a Concealed Handgun License. . . .
“The law had been campaigned for by Dr. Suzanna Hupp, who was present at the massacre where both of her parents were shot and killed. She later expressed regret for obeying the law by leaving her firearm in her car rather than keeping it on her person due to the fact that it could have cost her chiropractic license.
“She testified across the country in support of concealed handgun laws, and was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1996. The law was signed by then-Governor George W. Bush.”
Since guns laws and places where guns can be carried have restricted law-abiding citizens from having a way to bring down a criminal with a gun, murders like the one that happened in Killeen, Texas, have increased.
I suspect that some lone shooter or group of terrorists will think twice about going on the campus of a school where it is known that people are armed. These types of shooters are cowards. They go after the defenseless.
Nidal Malik Hasan killed 13 people on a military base. Thirty others, including the shooter, were wounded and required hospitalization. As a matter of practice, Fort Hood personnel did not carry weapons on the base. Military weapons are only used for training or by base security, and personal weapons must be kept locked away by the provost marshal.
You know Hasan knew this. Do you think he would have tried to kill the military “infidels” if the base personnel had been carrying weapons? Not a chance.
It only stands to reason that citizens should be armed where there are known targets of gun violence. Consider this:
“David Gregory mocked the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre for proposing that armed guards be at every school in America. But the NBC host seems to have no problem with armed guards protecting his kids everyday where they attend school in Washington, D.C.”
“The Gregory children go to school with the children of President Barack Obama, according to the Washington Post. That school is the co-ed Quaker school Sidwell Friends.
“According to a scan of the school’s online faculty-staff directory, Sidwell has a security department made up of at least 11 people. Many of those are police officers, who are presumably armed.”
Typical liberal hypocrisy; protection for me but not for thee.