(by Peter Brown, WCJ) -- The picture above shows the scene outside the FedEx facility where Tuesday’s mass shooting in Georgia took place. Notice carefully what sign is posted. That’s right, it’s a “No Firearms Allowed” sign.
It’s a tragic story. A FedEx employee injured six other people using a shotgun in the gun-free zone, three of whom are in critical condition and two of whom are in surgery, according to the hospital. After he had injured the six, the employee used the gun to kill himself.
Numerous 911 calls alerted police that there was a shooter in the building, and more than 100 police and federal officers quickly swarmed in on the location. But despite the speed with which police got there, the damage had already been done.
According to a hospital spokesperson, two of the injuries were life-threatening, specifically those of a twenty-eight year old man and a fifty-two year old woman. The hospital said the man was on a ventilator.
The effectiveness of gun free zones is a matter of continuing political debate. According to economist John Lott, “With just one single exception, the attack on congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in 2011, every public shooting since at least 1950 in the U.S. in which more than three people have been killed has taken place where citizens are not allowed to carry guns.”
FedEx issued a statement in which they said, “FedEx is aware of the situation. Our primary concern is the safety and wellbeing of our team members, first responders, and others affected. FedEx is cooperating with authorities.”
How effective are gun zones in preventing violence? Do they help prevent it? Or do they in fact provide mass shooters with confidence that they won’t be confronted by someone packing heat while carrying out their rampage? Feel free to share your thoughts.
Here’s a close-up of the picture. This photo should tell you everything you need to know.