Thursday, June 16, 2016

Libertarians target mandatory 'gun-free' zones

Libertarian Party Calls for End of ‘Government-Mandated Gun-Free Zones’ in Wake of Orlando Attack | - Kaitlyn Schallhorn:

June 13, 2016 - "Nicholas Sarwark, chairman of the Libertarian National Committee, warned Monday that the U.S. is at risk of 'more mass shootings as he criticized both President Barack Obama and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump for 'recycling their calls for more failed and deadly policies.'  Sarwark also asserted that the Libertarian Party is the only political party that is 'calling for sensible, serious policy change that would reduce the frequency of mass shootings as well as minimize the damage they do.'

"'Virtually all mass shootings happen in "gun-free" zones,' Sarwark said. 'Regardless of the ideology of the shooter or the type of weapons used, the common link is that the event occurs where responsible gun owners are prohibited from carrying arms for self-defense.

"'Self-defense is a fundamental human right,' he continued. 'Every person has a right to defend herself and her loved ones against someone who would do them harm. When government takes away the right of self-defense, it is violating a fundamental human right and endangering its citizens.'

"According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, only a little more than 1 percent of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places that were not considered to be a gun-free zone. In fact, as Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott Jr. noted in October 2015, only two mass shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have occurred in an area where citizens were not prohibited from carrying a gun.

"Pulse, the popular gay nightclub in Orlando where a 29-year-old terrorist fatally killed at least 49 people and wounded 53 early Sunday morning, was reportedly a gun-free zone.

"'In each of these mass killings, the government prohibited people from exercising their life-saving right to self-defense. Government-mandated "gun-free" zones disarm those who want to defend themselves and their loved ones,' Sarwark said. '"Gun-free" zones create killing fields for mass murders who, by definition, do not care what the law says.'"

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