- America Finally Passes Meaningful Gun Control Legislation
- Unmaking Gun-free Killing Zones
- UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 94% of attacks since 1950
- The NRA Myth of Gun-Free Zones – Mother Jones
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention CDC had recently found that an eye-popping , guns were brought to school each day. Other research found that about one in five urban high school students reported having a gun fired at them at school. Neil Quinter, an attorney in Washington, D. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. Lawmakers later revised the law to specify that the gun in question had to have been purchased via, or somehow involved in, interstate commerce.
The rate of victimization for students in U. But many gun rights proponents say these statistics do not indicate a causal relationship. Firearms in Canada are divided into three classes: nonrestricted weapons, such as ordinary rifles and shotguns; restricted, such as handguns and semiautomatic rifles or shotguns; and prohibited, such as automatic weapons.
America Finally Passes Meaningful Gun Control Legislation
It is illegal to own a fully automatic weapon unless it was registered before Changes to the law in required individuals to obtain a license to buy guns and ammunition, as well as register all firearms. However, in , the requirement to register nonrestricted guns was dropped, and related public records were expunged.
Following another mass shooting, at a Quebec City mosque in , the government passed a bill to again require nonrestricted firearms to be registered and allow background checks to consider events from more than five years in the past. The inflection point for modern gun control in Australia was the Port Arthur massacre of , when a young man killed thirty-five people and wounded nearly two dozen others. Many analysts say these measures have been highly effective, citing declining gun death rates and the absence of gun-related mass killings in Australia since Australian gun control advocates have warned, however, about the easing of gun laws in some states and territories, as well as an uptick in gun sales.
Australians own more guns today than they did before the Port Arthur massacre, although the rise is unevenly distributed.
Unmaking Gun-free Killing Zones
A mass shooting at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed fifty-one people was carried out by an Australian man who legally purchased the guns used in the attack, two of which were semiautomatic assault weapons. Military service is compulsory in Israel, and guns are a part of everyday life. Much of the population has indirect access to an assault weapon by either being a soldier or a reservist or a relative of one.
By law, most eighteen-year-olds are drafted, psychologically screened, and provided at least some weapons training after high school. After serving typically two or three years in the armed forces, however, most Israelis are discharged and subject to civilian gun laws. The country has relatively strict gun regulations, including an assault-weapons ban and a requirement to register ownership with the government.
To become licensed, an applicant must be an Israeli citizen or a permanent resident, be at least twenty-one-years old, and speak at least some Hebrew, among other qualifications. Applicants must also show genuine cause to carry a firearm, such as self-defense or hunting.
Modern gun control efforts in the United Kingdom have been precipitated by extraordinary acts of violence that sparked public outrage and, eventually, political action. In , a lone gunman armed with two semiautomatic rifles and a handgun went on a six-hour shooting spree roughly seventy miles west of London, killing more than a dozen people and then himself.
The incident sparked a public campaign known as the Snowdrop Petition, which helped drive legislation banning handguns, with few exceptions. Though Norway ranks fourteenth worldwide in gun ownership, according to the Small Arms Survey, it placed near the bottom in gun homicide rates.
Most Norwegian police, like the British, do not carry firearms. Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment should be interpreted to permit private citizens to own guns and keep them in their homes.
UPDATED: Mass Public Shootings keep occurring in Gun-Free Zones: 94% of attacks since 1950
The court left it to states to decide wh o can carry firearms and where. Florida, for example, forbids guns in airport terminals — but dozens of other states , including Missouri and Oregon , permit them. And even within states, the rules get murky. In most cases, a business can decide if it wants to allow guns on its property. Ho wever, many companies are reluctant to officially ban guns, for fear of potentially alienating customers, and out of concern that doing so might make employees responsible for confronting armed customers.
Walt Disney World bans weapons of all kinds , including toy guns.
Others, like Kroger , have refused to take a side. Many states have rolled back restrictions on where guns can be carried, forcing businesses large and small to set their own policies — meaning if they want to disallow guns, they must put up a notice. At least 23 states have laws making it illegal for employers to ban guns at workplace parking lots, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Fear of other people is now the number one reason why people buy guns, according to a survey from researchers at Harvard and Northeastern universities. A Gallup poll found that 56 percent of Americans believe the country would be safer if more people were allowed to carry concealed weapons.
The same poll found that 60 percent cite safety and protection.
The NRA Myth of Gun-Free Zones – Mother Jones
The evidence is thin. Lott has published a large body of work claiming that crime goes down as states loosen gun laws and allow more people to carry concealed handguns. Several experts and academics have tested his hypotheses and reached vastly different conclusions. Another team of researchers studied two decades of mass shootings, defined as an episode that left four or more people dead.
Louis Klarevas, whose book Rampage Nation: Securing America from Mass Shootings , examined shooting attacks between and that left six or more victims dead in each instance. He divided the shootings into three categories based on where they took place: gun-free zones no guns on the premises ; gun-restricting zones no guns allowed, but armed security is routinely present ; and gun-allowing zones civilians permitted to carry guns.
Klarevas found that only 18 rampage attacks occurred in spaces where civilians were not allowed to have guns. He also found that the overwhelming majority, or nearly 90 percent of gun massacres, happened in places where guns were allowed. What the research does show is that mass shooters target places and people they know.