Friday singer Christina Grimmie’s was murdered in a gun-free zone in Orlandowrites the Crime Prevention Research Center.
Early [Sunday] morning, at least 50 people were fatally shot at an Orlando night club — also a gun-free zone. In both cases the media has yet to report that these attacks occurred where general citizens couldn’t defend themselves.Related: my dispassionate in-depth examination of the history of gun control —
Since at least 1950, only slightly over 1 percent of mass public shootings have occurred where general citizens have been able to defend themselves. Police are extremely important in stopping crime, but even if they had been present at the time of the nightclub shooting, they may have had a very difficult time stopping the attack. Attackers will generally shoot first at any uniformed guards or officers who are present (the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris last year illustrates that point). Alternatively, they will move on to another place without uniformed officers.
In this particular case the police only arrived on the scene after the attack occurred. That illustrates another point: it is simply impossible for the police to protect all possible targets.
It is hard to ignore how these mass public shooters consciously pick targets where they know victims won’t be able to defend themselves (here, here, and here).
… Media discussions today on assault weapons, background checks, but not relevant to the case here. But the easiest thing for these reporters to check and know for sure, that this was another attack in a gun free zone, is never mentioned once anywhere in the media. Hillary Clinton and President Obama both used the attack to call for more gun control.
What Is to Blame for the Shootings? Does the Blame Lie with
the Right to Bear Arms Or Can It Be Found Elsewhere?