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It's hardly news that "Gun Free Zones" are "free fire zones" for active killers like Texas Towers killer Charles Whitman; Columbine killers Harris and Klebold; Thomas Hamiliton who murdered sixteen small children and an adult at Dunblaine; Omaha mall killer Robert Hawkins; Seung-Hui Cho who murdered 32 at Virginia Tech, and a host of other active killers.

Active killers invariably do their killing where people will be unable to effectively resist. One of the most horrific acts of violence in the United States occurred in Killen, Texas, at a Luby's Cafeteria. A room full of diners was stunned when George Jo Hennard drove his pickup through the front, stepped out, and calmly executed 23 people, wounded 20 more, and then killed himself.

This is typical behavior for an active killer. Find a gun free zone where people congregate, kill as many as possible, and then kill themselves at the first sign of effective resistance.

The diners inside Lubys were disarmed by Texas law. They were helpless. And they were slaughtered like penned sheep.

Any law that creates a gun free zone where people congregate puts innocent lives at serious risk. Tennessee has just passed a law allowing concealed carry permit holders to carry inside restaurants and bars, closing one class of targets of opportunity for active killers. The facts being what they are, one would expect restaurant owners to cheer loudly because their patrons and employees will become measurably safer.

Instead, some Tennessee restaurateurs who have been stampeded by the pro-crime media are suing to get that law overturned. And some Tennessee municipalities are banning guns in parks. This is jeopardizing the life of every patron who sets foot in those parks and restaurants.

That's not too smart. I occasionally visit Nashville and Knoxville, and I will certainly keep a list of those who want to have a reasonable public safety law overturned. I don't want to put my life at risk just because someone is afraid of his customers. Or because some city councilman is afraid of his constituents.


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