Here’s an opinion piece on Fox News by John Lott regarding the recent shooting in a Omaha, Nebraska gun free zone. Nebraska has a concealed carry law, but theirs allows businesses to post no-gun signs that make it illegal to carry in those businesses. When will malls and other places figure out that the signs do nothing to stop these criminals, but just create a safer environment for them? If the law-abiding folks are disarmed, who’s to stop them?I don’t know if any concealed carry permit holders were there that day, or if any were shot, but if so I’d like to see them or their estates sue this property owner. If they’re going to deny you the ability to legally defend yourself, I’d say you can make the argument that they’ve implicitly taken on the responsibility to protect you. I think a good lawyer could probably convince a jury of that. And perhaps a large judgment would wake up some of these businesses to the danger their policies put us in. Then again, perhaps they can just be reasoned with, as happened here.
Also read this post and this follow-up at our blogroll listed site Crime, Guns, and Videotape. I’ve noticed several news articles suggesting it’s time for metal detectors at malls. Metal detectors do absolutely nothing to prevent this type of attack by themselves. Unless combined with multiple armed guards per entrance and bullet-proof barricades, this type of shooter would simply make the poor schmuck running the metal detector his first victim.