The Washington Post reports that gun crime has been declining for about 20 years, except for high-profile shootings in gun-free zones where shootings are on the increase. The paper cites a study that claims high-profile shootings began increasing in gun-free zones in late 2011/early 2012. The examples listed are the Aurora movie theater, Sandy Hook Elementary, and the D.C. Navy Yard, all of which were gun-free zones. Other examples of shootings in gun-free zones that could have also been cited are Arapahoe High School (December 2013), Fort Hood (April 2014), Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church (June 2015), Chattanooga military offices (July 2015), the Lafayette Grand Theatre (July 2015), and Umpqua Community College (October 1).
Increases in gun ownership correlated with drastic reductions in firearm-related homicides, but creating zones where law-abiding citizens are denied the ability to be armed for self-defense have allowed high-profile attackers to find easy targets.
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