Here is an excellent article by John Lott which clearly shows a couple of things:
- Almost all multiple-victim public shootings happen in gun free zones (where the victims are not allowed to have their own guns with which to protect themselves).
- Almost all multiple-victim public shootings occur in areas with strict gun control laws.
The obvious conclusion is that gun control laws and gun free zones adversely affect civilian safety. In point of fact, the bad guys know where the gun-free zones are, ignore the signs, and they think of them as kill zones. And gun control laws only affect the law-abiding citizens.
John Lott has written several books, the latest being the third edition of “More Guns, Less Crime”. If you want to get at the truth regarding guns and self defense, this is a great place to start. My own decision to get a concealed handgun license and begin carrying legally is largely a result of an earlier edition of this book.
The nice thing about it is that it is the unvarnished truth; not just opinion. It is based on research and statistical analysis that has stood the test of time, and is not merely an opinion.