Mass shootings happen in gun free zones

With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.

Rob Port is the editor of In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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  • SigFan

    Facts and reason – the bane of the left’s existence. Bullies and criminals are cowards who will always pick on those whom they believe cannot fight back. Following the liberal anti-gunners logic we should all be so handicapped when it comes to protecting the lives of those we love and ourselves. We need to have a debate on how to prevent these kinds of things in the future – though there will always be mistakes made – but disarming the honest and law-abiding has no part in that discussion.

    • matthew_bosch

      Predators in the animal kingdom don’t go after the the strong, they hunt down the young, old and the weak. Human’s are no different.
      The right solution is make everyone strong through knowledge, emergency training and self-defense.

      • RCND

        Sheep or sheepdog…

    • banjo kid

      Very correct.

  • DWHoover

    Very good article. I am sure the Left hates it when you back up your argument with facts, but the fact does remain, guns in the hands of the mentally handicapped are a dangerous weapon, indeed.

    • banjo kid

      Some things can not be fixed and keeping guns out of dangerous hands is one of them and yes we can make it difficult but it will always wind up someone gets killed by a mentally deranged person. Gun free zones are like painting a bulls eye on peoples backs . More were killed by a massacre in 1929 that any other year . Remember the Texas shooter shooting from a tower . 1960’s

      • Rob

        Right, and the problem with efforts to keep guns out of the hands of people who might use them for ill is that it smacks of “precrime.”

        How can we justify denying someone their constitutional right based on the fact that they might commit a crime?

        That’s dangerous territory.

        • DWHoover

          It is kind of like putting your kid in Time Out because they have the POTENTIAL to do something wrong, even though they really haven’t.

      • Proof

        After they ban all the semi autos, they’ll cite the Texas tower and Lee Harvey Oswald, and start labeling your old bolt action deer rifle as a “sniper” rifle. And God help you if it has a scope! Everyone knows there’s no “sporting purpose” in owning a sniper rifle! /sarc

  • banjo kid

    I do believe the soldiers were not armed, they are not allowed to carry on base within our borders unless they are training .

  • banjo kid

    So how would banning guns stop the likes of Richard Speck,. 8 nurses dead and one under the bed he over looked . most of them had their throats cut shall we ban knives also ?