BELLEVUE, WA â€“ Wednesdayâ€™s horrible incident at Coloradoâ€™s Platte Canyon High School once again underscores the fallacy and false sense of security that are at the core of so-called â€œgun free school zoneâ€ laws, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) said today.
â€œThe time is overdue for a reassessment of such laws,â€ said CCRKBA Chairman Alan M. Gottlieb. â€œAll they have done is create target-rich, no-risk environments for monsters who have no fear of encountering an armed teacher or administrator, or a legally-armed private citizen who might happen to be in the building.
â€œThis sort of thing didnâ€™t happen before the advent of gun-free school zone laws,â€ Gottlieb observed. â€œYou never saw such an outrage in the days when high schools typically had rifle teams, and â€“ particularly in the West â€“ where it was common in the fall to find both teachers and students with hunting rifles or shotguns locked in their cars.
â€œOur hearts and prayers go out to the family of Emily Keyes,â€ Gottlieb said.
Miss Keyes, 16, was fatally wounded by the gunman, identified as 53-year-old Dwayne Morrison, who subsequently took his own life as lawmen moved in to rescue the hostages and take Morrison down.
â€œGun control extremists,â€ Gottlieb predicted, â€œwill use this incident to claim that we have not done enough to protect our children. What more could be asked of the courageous deputies who charged into the school? What more could be asked of the staff at Platte Canyon High, who got nearly everyone out safely?
â€œThe truth is,â€ he said, â€œanti-gunners have done enough already, by pushing through restrictive gun laws, like the gun free school zones statutes, that have disarmed the wrong people and left our schools, and the children inside, vulnerable to this kind of atrocity.
â€œNo gun law ever prevented a crime,â€ Gottlieb concluded, â€œand the notion of a gun-free zone is a myth. More restrictions on law-abiding citizens will never stop people like Morrison, who proved yet again that feel-good laws have defrauded American citizens, and especially our children, of genuine safety.â€