In his latest book, The War on Guns: Arming Yourself Against Gun Control Lies, John R. Lott Jr. points shows that from 1950 to 2010, not one mass public shooting took place in an area where citizens could arm themselves in self-defense.
In other words, gun-free zones or gun-restricted zones were the targets of choice.
This flies in the face of the 21st-century gun control movement’s claims that gun-free zones do not endanger innocents. It exposes the fallacy of arguments that present attackers as uninterested parties who choose a target by chance, never taking into account whether that target contains people who can shoot back.
According to Lott: “From 1950 to 2010, not a single mass public shooting occurred in an area where general civilians are allowed to carry guns. Over the entire period from 1950 through February 2016, just over one percent of mass public shootings occurred in such places.” Think about it—from 1950 through February of this year, “just over one percent of mass public shootings” occurred outside a gun-free zone.
And for those who think Lott is just making this stuff up as he goes along, he makes sure to provide documentation—where possible—of the decision-making process that guided many of the most high-profile attackers in choosing their targets. Those decisions prove to include avoiding would-be victims who will be able to shoot back.