Dr. John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, told Newsmax Tuesday that gun-free zones are “magnets” for gun crime because the criminals know that people are unarmed and cannot defend themselves.
“The people that these laws stop are law-abiding citizens and the killers take advantage of that,” Lott said during an appearance on Newsmax’s “The Chris Salcedo Show.” “The fact that they know that law-abiding citizens will obey these laws and that these gun-free zones mean nobody can protect themselves in those areas actually encourage the attacks to occur – it’s a magnet for those attacks.”
“Would you want to put a sign in front of your home that says your home is a gun-free zone if you were being threatened?” he continued. “I don’t think anybody would go and do that. It’s not like the criminal would go and say, ‘Well, he doesn’t have any guns there, they’re not allowed. I can’t go in and do the attack.’ It actually causes them to want to attack there.”
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