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Kentucky may see gun-free school zones become a thing of the past with new Republican bill
A sign declaring Stillwater Junior High School as a drug free and gun free zone is pictured outside the school in Stillwater, Okla., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012. A 13-year-old student shot and killed himself in a hallway at the schooll before classes began Wednesday, police said, terrifying teenagers who feared a gunman was on the loose. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Kentucky may see gun-free school zones become a thing of the past with new Republican bill

Statistics show that gun-free zones just do not work. Over seven years, 92% of mass shootings have occurred on gun-free zones, and some of these locations have been schools. It's an occurrence that some schools, like one elementary school in Texas, are looking to put a stop to by arming themselves with both firearms and the knowledge on how to use them efficiently and tactically. Yet, the problem of gun-free zones in schools remains.

That's why Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky) is looking to put a stop to them in the state of Kentucky by introducing a bill he calls the "Safe Students Act."

In a press release from his office, Massie explained that he has introduced H.R. 34 because our children are consistently in danger due to gunmen walking into schools unopposed, and murdering innocents.

"Gun-free school zones are ineffective. They make people less safe by inviting criminals into target-rich, no-risk environments," said Massie. "Gun-free zones prevent law-abiding citizens from protecting themselves, and create vulnerable populations that are targeted by criminals."

The Safe Students Act has garnered the support of three major gun organizations: National Association for Gun Rights, Gun Owners of America, and the National Rifle Association...

Cosponsors include: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Rep. James Comer (R-KY), Rep. Jody Hice (R-GA), and Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX).

Common sense says that anyone looking to shoot up a place may think twice, or fail miserably, when the intended victims have the capability to shoot back. So does history, as John Lott wrote in National Review in October 2015.

Since at least 1950, all but two public mass shootings in America have taken place where general citizens are banned from carrying guns. In Europe, there have been no exceptions. Every mass public shooting — and there have been plenty of mass shooting in Europe — has occurred in a gun-free zone. In addition, they have had three of the six worst K–12 school shootings, and Europe experienced by far the worst mass public shooting perpetrated by a single individual (Norway in 2011, which from the shooting alone left 67 people dead and 110 wounded).

With these facts in mind, eliminating gun-free zones on schools is a no brainer.

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