So called “gun-free” zones seem to very little to stop mass shootings. In fact, they simply invite bad people with bad intentions to carry out their evil acts knowing that no gun-carrying citizen will be there to stop them.
Almost every mass shooting has taken place in a supposed “gun-free” zone. So why don’t we give individuals the choice of protecting themselves? This is the very question being asked by a gun rights group that plans on staging a fake mass shooting to prove the point.
According to mediaite.com,
Come and Take It Texas andare organizing what a spokesman described as a “fake mass shooting.” Matthew Short said they’ll use fake blood, cardboard weapons, gun noises played from bullhorns, and people to play first responders.
He explained, “Criminals that want to do evil things and commit murder go places where people are not going to be able to stop them. When seconds count, the cops are minutes away.”
The group’s Facebook event page, titled Life and Liberty Walk To End Gun Free Zones, tells people “After putting up our guns we will return to the UT campus to put on a theatrical performance starting at 2:30pm. This will be an epic event.”
Back in June, Texas Governor Greg Abbottsigned into law legislation expanding people’s rights to carry handguns on college campuses. However, public universities are still able to set certain guidelines around that.
When asked about concerns that a fake mass shooting might be in bad taste, Short said “not at all” because their ultimate goal is to make “criminals… fear the public being armed.”
After initial reports came out and negative comments started appearing on the group’s Facebook page, the group responded with this message:
This is a positive walk to protest gun free killing zones and this page will maintain a positive response. You do not like what we are promoting please start your own walk and demonstrations on how you plan on saving lives in your gun free king zones. This is NOT about open carrying, this IS about my/our children’s safety on school property that WE are paying for.
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