A recently surfaced image illustrates exactly why gun free school zones are a failure, while demonstrating a method that may actually work in preventing school shootings.
As the story goes, a high school in Delaware in 1973 received a shooting threat during morning hours. The school responded – students and teachers alike – by going out to their vehicles and grabbing what most people had on them back in that day – a gun.
The image shows a student and a teacher sitting by the entrance to the school, ready to protect the people inside if necessary.
Never can not re-post this. pic.twitter.com/n4AU1ZxHPq
— Military Support (@MilitaryEarth) December 7, 2017
“No shooter ever arrived.”
Why? Because it clearly wasn’t a gun free zone.
Most Twitter users viewed the image and lamented about a bygone era …
Seems like so long ago. We used to leave our squirrel guns in a buddy’s truck in the high school parking lot and hunt behind the school in the evenings. Times have surely changed…
— Jeff-N-Ga. (@cruzincaribbean) December 8, 2017
Translation “come and get us, we’re un-armed.”
— Russian Bot (@steve_chavez) December 7, 2017
Remember when they had the NRA come in and teach firearm safety and marksmanship?
— Deplorable_AntiLiberal (@Libs_Are_Liars) December 8, 2017
Gun free school zones have consistently placed innocent Americans in harm’s way, practically announcing to any would-be mass shooter that there are sitting ducks who cannot defend themselves.
President Trump’s view on gun free zones came to light during the 2016 presidential campaign. Trump was interviewed after a shooting at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College that killed ten people including the gunman.
“Wouldn’t they have been better off if somebody in the room, anybody, anybody, had a gun to at least help them out?” he asked.
Then-candidate Trump called gun free zones “a disaster,” adding that “everybody’s just a sitting duck.”
Shock jock Howard Stern once explained why gun free zones would never stop evil people from killing the innocent – even if they don’t have a gun themselves.
“The most gun-free zone on the planet is a plane,” Stern explained. “On 9/11, what did the wolves do? They said, ‘This is great. We’ll just kill the sheep with boxcutters.’ So they went on the plane with boxcutters and all the sheep went, ‘Baaaa.'”
If only someone at Umpqua Community College had a gun. If only somebody on the planes had a gun.
Just like they did at that Delaware High School.
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