Shooting In Gun Free Zone Thwarted After It Turns Out The Zone Wasn’t So Gun Free After All

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Another gun free zone targeted by a shooter, except this time there was a gun on hand and the shooter was stopped.

ATLANTA (AP) — A student opened fire at his middle school Thursday afternoon, wounding a 14-year-old in the neck before an armed officer working at the school was able to get the gun away, police said.

Multiple shots were fired in the courtyard of Price Middle School just south of downtown about 1:50 p.m. and the one boy was hit, Atlanta Police Chief George Turner said. In the aftermath, a teacher received minor cuts, he said. …

The armed resource officer who took the gun away was off-duty and at the school, but police didn’t release details on him or whether he is regularly at Price. Since 20 children and six adults were shot to death at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut in December, calls for armed officers in every school have resonated across the country.

It’s terrible this shooting happened, but how many lives were saved because someone was there and armed ready to protect the school and its occupants?

Our friends in the anti-gun movement are quick to use the victims of gun violence as props for their crusade, but how about lives saved because someone was armed and ready to protect themselves and those around them?

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. 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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