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Letter: 'Gun-free zones' aren't effective

Tom Zirpoli called some federal and state legislators hypocrites for calling for the end of gun-free zones in schools and other places while working in gun-free zones of their own.

Yet, in his second paragraph, he describes how police shot someone when he pulled a gun. But wait, I thought Zirpoli said the legislators worked in a gun-free zone? If a police officer was able to shoot someone, then clearly it wasn't a gun-free zone. As Zirpoli himself wrote, there are armed guards and police in and around the buildings the legislators work in.

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Contrast that with schools, churches and businesses that choose to post "gun-free zone" signs at their entrances. There are no armed guards or police at those places.

Consider many of the locations of mass shootings — Pearl, Mississippi, a school; Columbine, Colorado, a school; Jonesboro, Arkansas, a school; Fort Worth, Texas, a church; Blacksburg, Virginia, a school; Fort Hood, Texas, a military base (no one allowed to carry a weapon); Aurora, Colorado, a movie theater which displayed "gun-free zone" signs; Newtown, Connecticut, a school; Charleston, South Carolina, a church; Roseburg, Oregon, a school. And I didn't list all that I found. Shooting after shooting committed in supposedly gun-free zones.

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If gun-free zones are so effective, perhaps the president and vice president would consider disarming their Secret Service guards and have them instead carry signs proclaiming a gun-free zone wherever they go. Hillary Clinton and former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, both gun-haters, are protected by armed guards. As Zirpoli asks, "Why is their safety more important than our children's safety?"

He also asks, "Why is the safety of our national and state representatives more important than the safety of ordinary Americans …?" Why indeed? They are well protected; our children and we are not.

I agree with Zirpoli to a point when he says, "Perhaps if our national and state representatives had to live and work under the same risk of being killed as the rest of us, then they would be more inclined to push for …" gun laws that actually work to protect all of us, not just the elites. Gun laws like national reciprocity for concealed carry permits, shall-issue concealed carry permits, abolishing licenses to buy and own guns and eliminating ineffective and dangerous gun-free zones.

Our politicians and other elites have their guards, but who protects the rest of us?

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Jeff Copoulos

Manchester

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