Research Shows That Over 98% of Mass Shootings Occurred in Gun-Free Zones

Following the shooting in Fort Lauderdale that saw five people killed, a new report shows some shocking statistics about where mass shootings tend to take place.

According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, from the 1950’s through July 10th of 2016, 98.4% of mass shootings occurred in gun-free zones. Only 1.6% occurred where citizens were allowed to carry firearms.

The FBI definition of mass public shootings excludes “shootings that resulted from gang or drug violence” or that were part of some other crime. The FBI also defines “public” places as “including commercial areas (divided into malls, businesses open to pedestrian traffic, and businesses closed to pedestrian traffic), “educational environments” (divided into schools [pre-kindergarten through 12th grade] and IHEs), open spaces, government properties (divided into military and other government properties), houses of worship, and health care facilities.”

Using the data from 1950 through February 2016, there were three mass public shootings in places where general citizens are allowed to have guns — just over 1% of the shootings during that period.

To see the list for yourself, follow the link here.

State lawmakers, very recently, have started making moves to eliminate gun-free zones in multiple places, including two bills introduced in the Florida Senate and House that allows for carrying in airports and government buildings. There’s also one in Kentucky to allow guns to be carried in schools.


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