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)
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On the heels of the shooting in Fort Lauderdale that took the lives of five people, a new report has surfaced with some breathtaking statistics about where mass shootings take place.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, from the 1950's through June 15th of 2018, 97.8 percent of mass shootings have occurred on gun-free zones, with just 2.2 percent occurring where citizens are allowed to have firearms with them.
The research was actually updated from a previous figure in response to an article written by the gun-control advocacy group Everytown.org, which attempted to dismiss the CPRC's research, saying "the gun lobby's claims that so-called “gun-free zones" endanger Americans are inconsistent with evidence." The CPRC says that Everytown.org used both incomplete information, and used criteria that falls outside of what the FBI considers as qualifications for mass shootings.
The FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence" or that were part of some other crime. The FBI also defines “public" places as “includ[ing] commercial areas (divided into malls, businesses open to pedestrian traffic, and businesses closed to pedestrian traffic), educational environments (divided into schools [pre-kindergarten through 12th grade] and IHEs), open spaces, government properties (divided into military and other government properties), houses of worship, and health care facilities."
The CPRC dismisses claims of "mass shootings" if they do not meet the FBI's criteria, and gives an entire list of mass shootings that have occurred within the United States. It then debunks Everytown.org's claims.
While the first part of the discussion here goes through each mass public shooting from 2009 to 2014 discussed in the Bloomberg report, further down in this post we have updated cases up through 2015 and the sources of older cases dating back to 1950. At the end of the post we have a response to Everytown's response to our post. Using the data from 1950 through February 2016 has three mass public shootings in places where general citizens are allowed to have guns — that is just over 1 percent of the shootings over that period.
To see the list for yourself, follow the link here.
Very recently, state lawmakers have begun moving to eliminate gun-free zones in various places, including two bills introduced into the Florida Senate and House that allows for carry within airports and government buildings, as well as one in Kentucky to allow firearms to be carried in schools.
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