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Newtown Shooting: Blood On Their Hands

A gunman whose name we do not need to memorialize took advantage of our gun-control laws to slaughter 20 children and six adults in a Newtown, Conn., elementary school.

In addition to the gunman, blood is on the hands of members of Congress and the Connecticut legislators who voted to ban guns from all schools in Connecticut (and most other states). They are the ones who made it illegal to defend oneself with a gun in a school when that is the only effective way of resisting a gunman.

What a lethal, false security are the “gun-free zone” laws. Virtually all mass murders in the past 20 years have occurred in gun-free zones. The two people murdered several days earlier in a shopping center in Oregon were also killed in a gun-free zone.

Hopefully, the Connecticut tragedy will be the tipping point after which a rising chorus of Americans will demand elimination of the gun-free zone laws that are in fact criminal-safe zones.

One measure of insanity is repeating the same failure time after time, hoping that the next time the failure will turn out to be a success. Gun-free zones are a lethal insanity.

Israel finally came to grips with this in the early 1970s and have decisively stopped these attacks after a busload of children was massacred by Muslim terrorists. When I was there in the late 1990s, if you saw a busload of students, you saw at least one young teacher with a machine gun protecting the groups of students.

The Israelis have decisively stopped these school-related attacks and proved they want to live. Do we?

During the decade of the Clinton ban on semiautomatic rifles (the so-called assault weapons) and high-capacity magazines, crime did not go down. Reinstating it would simply be another example of repeating the same failed policy and being surprised with the same failed result.

We must tell our elected officials that they are acting as the criminals’ friends as long as they continue to support legislation that protects only criminals, not decent people.

Oh, and we must also insist that these criminal-friendly elected officials not even try to blame gun owners and our “gun culture” for what a criminal did.

Had a few of us been available with guns at the Newtown school, most of the victims might still be alive.

Source: Gun Owners of America.

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Larry Pratt About the Author: Larry Pratt has been Executive Director of Gun Owners of America for over 30 years. Pratt has appeared on numerous national radio and TV programs and published a book, Armed People Victorious, in 1990 and was editor of Safeguarding Liberty: The Constitution & Militias, 1995. His latest book, On the Firing Line: Essays in the Defense of Liberty was published in 2001.

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  1. Ted says:

    I hope GOA memebers will be getting a fund raising request VERY SOON from GOA to counter the disinformation being broadcast and repeated by the disarmament crowds.

  2. jl@sf.us says:

    Pure twaddle.

    More guns yields nothing but more deaths.

    More fast-firing guns yields nothing but more deaths, faster.

    Why’s that so difficult for you to understand?

    • J R says:

      If those teachers would have been carrying a pistol and were trained how to use that pistol,they could have eliminated the situation.It doesn’t matter if he had an AR-15 or any other high capacity rifle,one 9mm or whatever round of choice in a pistol was fired and killed the gunman that situation is over.
      So my question is why is it so hard for you to understand?I guess you were never taught that prevention is the best answer.

    • Donne Hansen says:

      Twaddle? LOL… Our friends in Isreal figured it out decades ago…your kind of backwards thinking along with the rest of the libtard community will cause more death than all of the responsible gun owners ever will…why is that so hard to understand ?

  3. John Homer says:

    You can get rid of ALL gun laws if first you get rid of the damned guns especially the ones that carry more than one bullet. The second ammendment was written for social conditions several hundred years ago. If we’re stuck with the 2nd ammendment then give the gun nuts muskets!

  4. Jeff says:

    When I think of gun control I’m reminded of the cold war. One may say that all those nukes were a terrible thing to have laying around, and rightly so, however as silly as the cold war was, it presented a deterrent to the other side.

    The press turns away from most of the stories about people who have defended their homes against thieves and assaults using their own guns. They prefer to report solely the dark side of gun ownership in the wrong hands. Areas with the most crime are cities and people who live there are always hearing about how somebody got shot. Is it no wonder that people from cities are anti-gun?

  5. Johnny Fever says:

    Go to youtube .. look up sandy hook hoax, and you will see what our corrupt government is all about

    One video has over 10 million views the people are waking up

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