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  • A possible mass public shooting stopped by a concealed carry permit holder

    07/13/2014 12:09:41 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 4 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | July 13, 2014 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    It looks like four party goers happened upon some gang members. Fortunately, one of the victims had his permitted concealed handgun. This dramatic defensive gun use got attention in Chicago, but if the permit holder hadn’t been at the scene, having multiple victims shot would have made national news. From the Chicago Tribune: A Gresham man fired on a group of people leaving a party, only to be shot himself by one of the victims, a military service member with a concealed carry permit, authorities said. The military member and three others were leaving a party Friday night in the...
  • Mass Shootings Hoopla

    06/19/2014 4:22:44 AM PDT · by NaturalBornConservative · 2 replies
    Natural Born Conservative ^ | June 18, 2014 | Larry Walker, Jr.
    There's No Place Else Like This:: By: Larry Walker II ::Reminiscent of Secretary of State Kerry's now infamous speech in Mexico, in which he erroneously declared that temperatures in Europe and in Vietnam were at “unprecedented” levels, and had broken "every record that's ever been seen", last week, referring to the latest school shooting in Oregon, Potus 44 proclaimed, "We're the only developed country on Earth where this happens. And it happens now once a week. And it's a one-day story. There's no place else like this."Really? Are we the only developed country on Earth where school and mass shootings...
  • Flashback[Jan 2013]: The 5 Worst/Recent Mass Murders in the USA (with a Firearm)Came from Democrats

    05/19/2014 6:06:36 AM PDT · by HammerT · 40 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 18 January 2013 | Doug Giles
    The source of information for this news post came from Roger Hedgecock’s 1/17/13 radio show. Here’s the link. Fast forward to 21:13 for Roger’s comments. The five worst mass killings, where a firearm was used, have a common thread. Hint #1: They didn’t belong to the NRA. They don’t fit the stereotype of the “red-neck” gun owner. Check it out … Ft Hood: Registered Democrat/Muslim. Columbine: Too young to vote; both families were registered Democrats and progressive liberals. Virginia Tech: Wrote hate mail to President Bush and to his staff. Colorado Theater: Registered Democrat; staff worker on the Obama campaign;...
  • Arizona GOP candidate says Democrats are behind most mass shootings

    05/18/2014 6:47:39 PM PDT · by windcliff · 39 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 5-18-14 | Dylan Stableford
    An Arizona rancher and Republican congressional candidate said during a primary debate Saturday that the vast majority of mass shootings in the United States are committed by Democrats. “If you look at all the fiascos that have occurred, 99 percent of them have been by Democrats pulling their guns out and shooting people,” Gary Kiehne, who is running for the state's 1st U.S. Congressional District, said during Saturday's GOP primary in Florence, Arizona. “So I don’t think you have a problem with the Republicans.” When asked how he would protect gun rights, Kiehne, a hotel owner and member of the...
  • Spike in mass shootings creates demand for different police approach

    01/02/2014 12:06:16 PM PST · by lcms rev · 13 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2, 2014 | Jason Sickles, Yahoo!
    The school in Newtown. The Sikh temple in Wisconsin. The movie theater in Aurora. America’s angst over shootings in public places is growing, and for good reason. According to a study obtained by Yahoo News, rampages like the Washington Navy Yard and Los Angeles airport shootings have tripled in recent years. The report, written by the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University, will be published next week in the “FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin,” a training publication for criminal justice professionals. Researchers considered only active shootings in public settings where the primary motive appeared to...
  • The Media’s Shooting Bias: Right-wing politics are key to a murderer’s motivations; leftism must...

    12/16/2013 6:31:23 AM PST · by neverdem · 33 replies
    National Review Online ^ | December 16, 2013 | Charles C. W. Cooke
    Right-wing politics are key to a murderer’s motivations; leftism must be ignored.Let me venture a guess, and wager that you have heard very little about the political preference of the young man who, on Friday, walked into his high school and tried to murder his teacher. On the face of it, this is a blessing, for in all but the most extreme cases a murderer’s ideological proclivities are wholly irrelevant to his crime. The “why” really matters when a terrorist group shoots up a mall, because the “why” explains the action. But when a man bears a grudge against his...
  • Report due on Sandy Hook shooting investigation

    11/25/2013 8:06:54 AM PST · by rktman · 49 replies
    CNSNews ^ | 11/25/2013 | MICHAEL MELIA,
    Investigators are planning to release a long-awaited report on the Newtown school shooting, nearly a year after the massacre of 20 children and six women inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.
  • Mass Shootings: America's Psychosis

    09/20/2013 7:39:05 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 2013 | Mona Charen
    After every mass shooting, I write a variant of the same column. Perhaps I'll republish this one when the next attack happens. The increase in mass shootings over the course of the past several decades is not imaginary. In 2000, The New York Times analyzed 100 mass shootings between 1949 and 1999 and found that 73 of them had happened since 1990. Since 2000, according to Mother Jones magazine, there have been 33 more, including the recent massacre at the Navy Yard. The majority of the killers have untreated mental illness. A significant portion of the political and journalistic worlds...
  • There Will Be Another Mass Shooting. This Is What the Data Tells Us About It

    09/18/2013 8:57:59 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 23 replies
    Atlantic Wire ^ | 09/17/2013 | Phillip Bump
    The next mass shooting will take place on February 12, 2014, in Spokane, Washington. It will be committed by an emotionally disturbed, 38 year-old white man who will kill seven people and wound six more at a place he used to work using a semi-automatic handgun he purchased legally in the state. That, at least, is what a look at the data on past such shootings might indicate. We'll say at the outset: Every assertion in the first paragraph is a function of probability, not fact. The next mass shooting — which will happen somewhere, sometime — will almost certainly not be in...
  • Charts: Half the deadliest shootings in U.S. history happened in past six years (Obama's Fault)

    09/18/2013 8:40:21 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 62 replies
    Maddow Blog (Seriesly!) ^ | 09/17/2013 | By Laura Conaway
    If you consider the deadliest mass shootings in American history -- at this point, shootings with 12 or more fatalities -- you'll find the first one happens in 1949. A deranged lone gunman's "Walk of Death" in Camden, New Jersey, claimed the lives of 13 people. The next one happened in 1966, when a lone gunman climbed the bell tower at the University of Texas and began shooting. He killed 16 people. The first half of the list of these horrible shootings, as Rachel pointed out on the show last night, took place over half a century. The second half...
  • Cho's Chains and Klebold's Correspondence Still Matter

    04/10/2013 12:03:46 PM PDT · by IChing · 5 replies
    ClashDaily.com ^ | 4/10/13 | Donald Joy
    I know I’m not the only one who remembers how, almost exactly 6 years ago at Virginia Tech, mass-murderer Seung-Hui Cho chained and padlocked the doors to an academic building shut. That was so that he could effectively trap his numerous (32 killed and 23 wounded) , defenseless victims inside – except for the handful who managed to breach and exit second story windows, suffering injuries from falling to the ground – and to keep the responding police outside for long, crucial minutes while he conducted his murderous rampage. Cho knew he’d face no armed opponent once he had his...
  • Thirteen dead in Serbia gun rampage

    04/09/2013 7:51:22 AM PDT · by Ruy Dias de Bivar · 18 replies
    BBC ^ | 9 April 2013 | BBC
    Thirteen people have been killed in Serbia after a man went on a gun rampage in a village near Belgrade, local media report. Six men, six women and a two-year-old boy died before the gunman tried to kill himself and his wife. The pair are now said to be in a serious condition. Police identified the gunman as Ljubisa Bogdanovic, a 60-year-old war veteran.
  • The Truth About Mass Shootings and Gun Control

    02/21/2013 9:29:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 24 replies
    Commentary ^ | February 2013 | Benjamin Domenech
    When tragedy strikes on a national scale, our initial reactions have a commonality to them: We recoil in shock and are overcome with sorrow. But then, as anger and frustration set in, we begin to divide, to blame the things we have always blamed for the evils around us. We insist that something must be done, steps must be taken, laws must be passed. Adam Lanza, an honors student with no criminal record, murdered his mother, stole four of her guns, and—for reasons we may never know—decided to rob the world of the lives of 20 children and six adults...
  • Widow Chantel Blunk sues psychiatrist who treated Aurora shooter James Holmes

    01/17/2013 6:35:25 PM PST · by Red Steel · 36 replies
    News AU ^ | Jan 18, 2013
    <p>THE widow of a victim of the US theatre massacre is suing a psychiatrist for neglect, for failing to have the alleged shooter arrested despite him having "fantasised about killing a lot of people."</p> <p>The lawsuit, also citing the University of Colorado, alleges that Dr Lynne Fenton advised campus police about her concern regarding James Holmes, after he told her about the fantasy in June last year.</p>
  • When Theater Shootings Are No Big Deal

    01/10/2013 2:11:48 AM PST · by Mozilla · 8 replies
    Moonbattery ^ | 1-8-12 | Dave Blount
    The way the media branch of the government salivates over shootings, you would think another theater shooting not long after Aurora would be big news, especially if it offered the added excitement of beginning in a nearby restaurant before moving into the theater. Yet we never heard much about last month’s Mayan Palace 14 shootings in San Antonio, in which two innocents were wounded. Detective Louis Antu, spokesman for the Bexar County Sherriff’s Office, said the shooting began at a nearby China Garden and “carried on into the theater.” At one point, the suspect fired at a San Antonio Police...
  • Member of Biden's Gun Control Task Force Has a Son Convicted of Planning School Mass Murder

    01/07/2013 4:48:14 PM PST · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 7, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    President of the National Assocation of Police Officers and Boston Police Officer Thomas Nee is a member of Vice President Joe Biden's gun control task force, which was created by President Obama in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Nee's son, Joseph Nee, was convicted in 2008 for planning to commit mass murder of students and teachers at Marshfield High School in Massachusetts, similar to that of Columbine in 1999. After spending nine months in prison, Nee's conviction was upheld by the Supreme Judicial Court. Nee told police the plan involved taking ammunition and explosive devices into...
  • Is it True Armed Civilians Have Never Stopped a Mass Shooting?

    12/27/2012 2:48:21 PM PST · by neverdem · 56 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | Dec 20, 2012 | MARK HEMINGWAY
    In response to last week's massacre in Connecticut, Mother Jones has put together a "study" on mass shootings that makes a pretty bold claim: In the wake of the slaughters this summer at a Colorado movie theater and a Sikh temple in Wisconsin, we set out to track mass shootings in the United States over the last 30 years. We identified and analyzed 62 of them, and one striking pattern in the data is this: In not a single case was the killing stopped by a civilian using a gun.  There are a couple of major problems here with arguing...
  • Can we really stop mass shootings?

    12/24/2012 5:45:24 PM PST · by umgud · 33 replies
    Self ^ | 12/24/12 | umgud
    According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report for 2011, there were 12.664 total homicides. 8,583 of those murders were committed with firearms, a number that has been trending down for years. In 2011 there were 3 mass shootings that produced 19 deaths and many more injured. The FBI defines mass murder as four or more murders occurring during a particular event with no cooling-off period between the murders. We have had 61 mass murders in the last 30 years (since 1982). In 2012, we have had a banner year with 6 mass murder events totaling 63 deaths. Our latest mass...
  • We Aren't Quite as Stupid as They Think

    12/22/2012 5:08:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 21, 2012 | Matt Towery
    If you are reading any opinion column during the Christmas season, you are likely an individual who seeks out information and observations, and comes to your own conclusions. In other words, you are a "thinking" man or women, and whether you ever agree with a single word I write, I nevertheless both congratulate and give thanks for you. And this column is for you. Most politicians and many in the media truly believe we are stupid. We are the masses. We are those meant to receive a pat on the head, an empty promise and a warm feeling --- that...
  • 10 Facts for Liberals: Why Gun Control Can't Stop Another Newtown Massacre

    12/22/2012 4:15:50 AM PST · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 22, 2012 | John Hawkins
    There are now calls from the Left for gun control legislation in response to Adam Lanza's unconscionable mass killing of innocent children at Sandy Hook Elementary. However, very few people seem to be asking the most basic question of all before getting started: What gun control legislation could have stopped Adam Lanza? The answer is "none." Let's consider a few alternatives: 1) The school was already a "gun free zone;" so obviously that wasn't effective. Of course, the sort of people who would respect a "gun free zone" in the first place are the very ones you wouldn't have...
  • Protecting Innocents

    12/21/2012 9:16:57 AM PST · by Academiadotorg
    Academia Res Publica ^ | December 20, 2012 | Michael P. Tremoglie
    Professor Glenn W. Muschert of Miami University, Ohio, is a sociologist. He published, in 2007, in Sociology Compass an online peer-reviewed journal, a study he conducted of school shootings. Some of his conclusions and revelations were astounding. Why it has not attracted more notice is puzzling. Muschert noted the lack of a holistic approach to analyzing school shootings. He wrote, “Studies of school shootings have been conducted in a variety of disciplines, including sociology, psychology, and media studies. However, to date there is no unified body of knowledge about such events.” His study made recommendations “to synthesize past studies, and...
  • Gun-free Zones Called "Magnets for Mass Shooters"

    12/18/2012 10:16:07 AM PST · by Perseverando · 12 replies
    The New American ^ | December 17, 2012 | Jack Kenny
    Gun-free zones are invitations to mass murder, gun-rights advocates argued after a lone gunman's shooting rampage at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut, Friday left 20 children and six adults dead. John Lott, author of the controversial 1999 bestseller More Guns, Less Crime, said in an interview with Newsmax.com Saturday it is no coincidence that mass shootings with multiple victims occur repeatedly in designated gun-free zones such as schools, shopping malls, and movie theaters. "The problem is, whether it is the Portland [Oregon] shooting earlier this week, or the Connecticut shooting Friday, or the Sikh temple attack in...
  • Mass Shootings, Political Correctness, and Magical Thinking

    12/18/2012 3:58:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Diego Basch's Blog ^ | 17 December, 2012 | Diego Basch
    <p>We can’t tolerate this anymore. These tragedies must end. And to end them, we must change. We will be told that the causes of such violence are complex, and that is true. [...] Surely, we can do better than this. If there is even one step we can take to save another child, or another parent, or another town, from the grief [...] then surely we have an obligation to try.</p>
  • Mass Shootings And The New Generation Of Young American Zombies

    12/17/2012 8:43:58 AM PST · by joeclarke · 33 replies
    JoeClarke.Net | 12/17/2012 | JoeClarke.Net
    Adam Lanza (Connecticut School Kid Killer), Jared Loughner (Killed and wounded, including Gabby Giffords), T.J. Lane (Recently killed fellow classmates in Chardon Ohio) ,Brogan Rafferty (Teen conspired to kill Craigslist job applicants), James Holmes (Shot up theater dressed as orange haired Batman Joker), SeungHui Choi (Virginia Tech Massacre), Anders Brevik (2011 Norway Attacks) I cannot recall a time in U.S. history where there was such a proliferation of younger conscienceless males, who created so much death and destruction in one generation  in American society - outside of war. Even during the Vietnam Era, many of us returning vets were admittedly "not quite right," but we were...
  • Madness, Deinstitutionalization & Murder

    12/16/2012 2:07:20 PM PST · by absalom01 · 42 replies
    The Federalist Society ^ | March 2012 | Clayton Cramer
    For those of us who came of age in the 1970s, one of the most shocking aspects of the last three decades was the rise of mass public shootings: people who went into public places and murdered complete strangers. Such crimes had taken place before, such as the Texas Tower murders by Charles Whitman in 1966,1 but their rarity meant that they were shocking. Something changed in the 1980s: these senseless mass murders started to happen with increasing frequency. People were shocked when James Huberty killed twenty-one strangers in a McDonald’s in San Ysidro, California in 1984, and Patrick Purdy...
  • Guns, Guns, Guns

    12/16/2012 4:32:11 AM PST · by expat1000 · 20 replies
    Sultan Knish ^ | Dec 15, 2012 | Daniel Greenfield
    If you're the biblically minded sort, then the trouble began when a jealous Cain clubbed Abel to death, but if you're evolutionarily minded, then it's a 'chicken and egg' question. Violence had no beginning, except perhaps in the Big Bang, it was always here, coded into the DNA. If people are just grown-up animals, more articulate versions of the creatures who eat each other's young, and sometimes their own young, there is as much use in wondering about the nature of evil as there is in trying to understand why a killer whale kills. But debating how many devils can...
  • Expert: Arm Teachers, Ban Gun-Free Zones to Halt Mass Shootings!

    12/15/2012 8:16:45 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/15/12 | David A. Patten
    Banning gun-free zones and allowing teachers to carry concealed weapons could help eliminate mass shootings at schools, gun-control expert John R. Lott told Newsmax in an exclusive interview Saturday. Lott, an author and college professor, told Newsmax that gun-free zones become “a magnet” for deranged killers who hope to burn their names into the history books by running up a big body count. Lott’s landmark book "More Guns, Less Crime: Understanding Crime and Gun Control Laws" is in its 3rd edition. He told Newsmax there is a “very good chance” the Connecticut school shooting could have been averted, if teachers...
  • Mass Killings Stopped by Armed Citizens

    12/15/2012 10:49:05 AM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 16 December, 2012 | Dean Weingarten
    There are several documented cases where armed citizens have stopped mass attacks by gunmen. Let me list a few: The Pearl, Mississippi school shooting was stopped by the vice principal Joel Myrick with a Colt .45, The Appalachian School shooting was stopped by two students with handguns. Both of the above incidents were stopped by the armed citizens threatening the shooter without firing. Pearl High School Link Appalacian Law School Link Plans to slay everyone in the Muskegon, Michigan, store and steal enough cash and jewelry to feed their "gnawing hunger for crack cocaine" fell apart for a band of...
  • A Guide to Mass Shootings in America (or proof illegal guns don't prevent mass murder)

    08/07/2012 6:41:58 AM PDT · by edzo4 · 16 replies
    http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/07/mass-shootings-map#dsq-login-yahoo | Mon Aug. 6, 2012 | Mark Follman, Gavin Aronsen, and Deanna Pan
    The horrific mass murder at a movie theater in Colorado on July 20 and another at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin on August 5 are the latest in an epidemic of such gun violence over the last three decades. Since 1982, there have been at least 58 mass murders* carried out with firearms across the country, with the killings unfolding in 30 states from Massachusetts to Hawaii. We've mapped them below, including details on the shooters' identities, the types of weapons they used, and the number of victims they injured and killed. Of the 134 guns possessed by the killers,...
  • Mass Shooting Incidents In The Last Two Decades

    07/20/2012 8:39:41 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 19 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | July 20, 2012
    From Reuters:March 13, 1996 - BRITAIN - Gunman Thomas Hamilton burst into a primary school in the Scottish town of Dunblane and shot dead 16 children and their teacher before killing himself. April 28, 1996 - AUSTRALIA - Martin Bryant unleashed modern Australia's worst mass murder when he shot dead 35 people at the Port Arthur tourist site in the southern state of Tasmania. April 1999 - UNITED STATES - Two heavily-armed teenagers went on a rampage at Columbine High School in Littleton, Denver, shooting 13 students and staff before taking their own lives. July 1999 - UNITED STATES -...
  • Breaking: Principal shot in head, shooter killed himself- Omaha, NE

    01/05/2011 1:05:22 PM PST · by rintense · 74 replies
    1/5/11 | me
    Just received text from my BFF in Omaha that the principal of Millard South High School has been shot in the back of the head. The shooter apparently killed himself. All Millard schools were on lockdown. Her sons are in the Millard district. Haven't seen this posted or on any national news.
  • Virginia Tech Report Details Missteps

    12/05/2009 7:30:32 AM PST · by gusopol3 · 33 replies · 749+ views
    APvia AOL ^ | December 5, 2009 | Tom Breen, Zinie Chen Sampson
    New details revealed Friday about the university's response — from the time the victims were found to when they alerted the campus of a gunman on the loose — brought angry reactions and questions from some victims' families about leadership during the massacre that ended with 33 people dead.
  • Gunman apprehended after killing 1, injuring 5 others at Orlando office building [Orlando shooting]

    11/06/2009 12:04:46 PM PST · by Star Traveler · 47 replies · 3,314+ views
    The Canadian Press (via Google news) ^ | Friday, November 6, 2009 | Mike Schneider
    ORLANDO, Fla. — Police in Orlando say a gunman has been apprehended after killing one person and injuring five others at a downtown office building where he was let go two years ago. Police Chief Val Demings says 40-year-old Jason Rodriguez surrendered to police at his mother's home after officers saw him through a window and asked him to come out.
  • FBI Quickly Rules Out Terrorism at Ft. Hood Army post

    11/05/2009 1:50:37 PM PST · by TheDailyChange · 26 replies · 1,425+ views
    Kitsap Sun ^ | 11052009 | TDC
    There are far too many military breaches going on in this country! Interesting to note that the FBI has already ruled out any Terrorism related activity in the massacre at Ft.Hood. Five protestors associated with an international peace movement were arrested Monday after cutting through three security fences to reach an area where nuclear missiles are stored at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Somebody better address the security breaches in this country real quick!
  • Carrying a Gun Wouldn't Necessarily Get You Out of a Shooting (BARF!)

    04/10/2009 12:43:14 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 137 replies · 2,612+ views
    abcnews ^ | April 10, 2009 | EAMON MCNIFF
    America is facing an epidemic of gun violence. Thirteen people were killed last week in Binghamton, N.Y., when a gunman, identified by authorities as 41-year-old Jiverly Wong, executed a mass shooting at the American Civic Association. The aftermath of that bloodshed has raised many questions, including whether armed, everyday citizens could take down such a gunman and save lives. Could you protect yourself if you only had a gun? There are 250 million guns in the United States, enough for almost every man, woman and child to arm themselves. The FBI performed 12 million gun-related background checks in 2008, according...
  • The Mind of a Shooter: Mass Murder Tragedies

    04/06/2009 10:59:51 AM PDT · by serialcrimes · 23 replies · 1,547+ views
    Family Security Matters ^ | 4-6-09 | Deborah Schurman-Kauflin, Ph.D.
    In the last few months, there have been several cases of mass murders on U.S. soil. On April 3, 2009, Jiverly Wong went into an American Civic Association and murdered 13 people. Wong wounded over 20 others and allegedly held hostages for hours before killing himself. The forty one year old had been going to the Civic Association to attend language lessons, and was angered over losing his job. He was teased due to to his lack of English language skill as well. These massacres follow a predictable pattern, and it is certain that there will be more attacks as...
  • Intense Manhunt Continues for Strip Mall Shooter Accused of Killing 5 Women

    02/04/2008 1:30:34 PM PST · by libstripper · 23 replies · 77+ views
    Fox News ^ | February 4, 2008 | Jeff Goldblatt & AP
    TINLEY PARK, Ill. — A massive manhunt stretched into its third day Monday in the search for a gunman who killed five women — a manager and four customers — in the back room of a clothing store. The gunman entered the Lane Bryant store in a strip mall southwest of downtown Chicago on Saturday morning where he herded the victims to the back of the store before he shot them to death. The five victims include a part-time nurse, social worker, real estate agent with two sons and two others. A sixth victim, who pretended to be dead after...
  • CITY HALL'S GUN FOLLY

    07/29/2003 8:15:15 AM PDT · by Redbob · 21 replies · 155+ views
    New York Post ^ | 7/28/03 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    <p>July 28, 2003 -- After the shooting at city hall on Wednesday, banning citizens with guns from public areas seems more necessary than ever. Yet, many other city halls across the country take a radically different approach. In two neighboring states, Pennsylvania and Vermont, as well as states across the nation from Virginia to Washington, concealed handgun permit holders are allowed to take their guns with them when they attend city council meetings. Gun-free zones may appear like the obvious solution to New Yorkers, but consider an analogy: Suppose a criminal is stalking you or your family. Would you feel safe putting a sign in front of your home saying, "This Home Is a Gun-Free Zone"? Law-abiding citizens might be pleased by such a sign, but to criminals it is an invitation.</p>