Pacot: Ban on firearms in Summit County’s public places won’t prevent shootings |

Pacot: Ban on firearms in Summit County’s public places won’t prevent shootings

Re: Sept. 30 letter to the editor, “A farewell to arms in Summit County.”

The idea that keeping all firearms out of businesses and public places keeps anyone safe is not only untrue, but far from anything that resembles logic and reason. If you need proof of that last statement you need only look at the shooting incidents of the last 15 years to see that 90 percent or more of them were committed in “Gun Free Zones.” Schools, theaters, shopping malls, post offices, etc., are the most frequent targets because the killers know that it is highly unlikely there will be any armed resistance since those places have been tailor-made for their atrocities.

The utopian notion that if we ban or disallow firearms we’ll be safer assumes willful and lawful compliance by all. The current plethora of laws (they are innumerable and prolific), signs and loud proclamations have absolutely no resultant effect on those bent on taking innocent lives, especially given the fact that the likelihood of them being immediately challenged has been reduced to nearly nil in most cases. The true effect of these laws and measures is that honest, innocent, responsible people are the ones who suffer.

Guy Pacot


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