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Blaming Lawful Gun Owners for Others’ Mistakes is Wrong

When it comes to school safety, municipalities can pass all the laws they want, but the main reason why they don’t work is than any criminal who is hell-bent on committing murder sure isn’t going to obey the law.

Chris W. Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, says it’s time for America to stop repeating past mistakes. Those mistakes include doing nothing on one end and passing more laws that infringe on a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms on the other. The happy medium, he says, is to follow the lead that banks and other institutions use. Have armed security on school campuses.

Because every school is different, and each school’s security system is different, a one-size-fits-all approach probably isn’t the answer. But one thing we know, from past experience, is that putting a “This is a gun-free zone” sign up certainly doesn’t deter crime; in fact, it invites it by letting criminals know they can do pretty much what they please because law-abiding gun owners know better than to carry a gun in a restricted area.

Cox details the types of programs that already exist that could keep schools safer. They fall into categories of training, intervention, communication and reporting. He calls on Congress to draft legislation that will designate funding to strengthen such critical programs.