Gun Free Zones are always successful. They always work as intended. I am not being sarcastic. Our latest example of a gun free zone shooting happened yesterday in Chattanooga, Tennessee. A young, angry man with an agenda shot and killed four United States Marines and a United States Navy sailor as they were working in a naval training center. The training center is federal property, thus it is legally defined as a Gun Free Zone and that zone served it's purpose.
Gun Free Zones are established specifically to prohibit the people who work in them and those who conduct lawful business in them from bringing in guns. The managers and supervisors who establish those prohibitions only have authority over those two groups. Those two groups are the only ones who will seriously consider the implications of a financial fine and/or a felony conviction. This is an example of a negative trade. The manager says, "You do not bring a gun to work and I will not cause you to be imprisoned for a year or more." The employee and lawful visitor says, "I do not wish to be locked up, so I will not bring in a gun." We have a trade.
This trade balance completely fails with a maniac, a psychopath or anyone who is hell bent to murder. The manager says, "You do not bring a gun to work and I will not cause you to be imprisoned for a year or more." The murderer says, "I am going to murder you all and I don't give a damn about you and your silly laws!" There is no trade and innocent people die.
When the employees and honest visitors made the negative trade, notice what they did not get, absolute protection. The managers never include that in the deal and they know that they have no agreement with the murderers; they are happy just prevailing over the law abiding. After victims are buried, the managers and their organizations are never punished for preventing self-defense and failing to protect.
In yesterday's attack, battle tested, awarded, warriors were summarily killed by a crazy kid. That is how out of balance a Gun Free Zone is. This brings us back to my original statement. The Gun Free Zone established at the Naval Training Center, in Chattanooga, Tennessee was completely successful because the men to whom it was directed and binding, Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan, Lance Corporal Skip Wells, Sergeant Carson Holmquist, Staff Sergeant David Wyatt and Petty Officer 2nd Class Randall Smith, shot no one.
Requiescat In Pace
A new revelation may indicate that one of our Marines may have cheated the Gun Free Zone. There is a Glock pistol, as it was described in this linked Fox News article, which the FBI does not believe was brought to the scene by the murderer. If that handgun was smuggled in by a Marine and he did use it in self defense then we have lost a rare and valuable man. He may have prevented a horrible situation from getting much worse. Semper fidelis!