Monday, December 17, 2012
Libertarian Party calls for abolishing Federal Gun Free School Zones in wake of CT shooting
Release... Dec. 16, 2012 Halt the Massacre of Innocent Children by Ending Prohibition on Self-Defense in Schools Families throughout the nation mourn the horrific deaths of 26 people, including 20 young children, killed Friday during a Newtown, Conn., mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. “It’s impossible to imagine the depths of despair and grief that the victims’ families are experiencing right now,” said Geoffrey J. Neale, Chair of the Libertarian National Committee. “Our hearts go out to every one of them.” In the immediate aftermath of news surrounding the shootings, pundits and politicians called for new restrictions on firearm ownership, exactly the opposite of the approach needed to combat tragic gun violence in schools. “We've created a 'gun-free zone,' a killing zone, for the sickest criminals on the face of the Earth," said R. Lee Wrights, vice-chair of the Libertarian Party. "We've given them an open killing field, and we've made the children of this country the victims." Wrights pointed out that merely the knowledge that armed people will be present acts as a deterrent for would-be shooters. "They're not going to walk into a police station, and why not? Because that's where the guns are," he said. The Federal Gun Free Schools Zone Act prohibits carrying firearms on school grounds in most cases, effectively criminalizing the right to self-defense in places filled with the most vulnerable citizens. Without that federal prohibition, adults working at the school would have been free to defend themselves, very possibly saving the lives of many of the young children and adults who were slain in this horrific tragedy. "We must stop blinding ourselves to the obvious: Most of these mass killings are happening at schools where self-defense is prohibited," said Carla Howell, executive director of the Libertarian Party. "Gun prohibition sets the stage for the slaughter of innocent children. We must repeal these anti-self-defense laws now to minimize the likelihood they will occur in the future and to the limit the damage done when they do." Full release LP.org Editor's note - People ask us all the time here at Libertarian Republican, you guys are Republicans, why do you like the Libertarian Party so much? This is why! We here at LR agree 1000% with Carla Howell and our LP friends on this. We're not seeing any Republicans issuing fan-fucking-tab-ulous press releases like this!