On June 12, the Washington Post ran a column by their editorial board claiming “no place is safe” in America without more gun control.
They justified this claim by citing six gun-free zones–Troutdale, Newtown, Columbine, Blacksburg, Seattle, and the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard–in which guns were used to commit crimes.
They cited three other crimes that happened in areas other than gun-free zones–Tucson, Las Vegas, Santa Barbara–but dismissed the obvious mental health problems associated with those crimes by citing President Obama’s statement that America “does not have a monopoly on crazy people.”
According to the editors, the committing of crimes in gun-free zones does not prove the danger of disarming citizens but rather the danger of guns. And crimes tied to mental health problems cannot be viewed through the lense of a faulty mental health system because America is not the only country with “crazy people.”
The only solution–gun control. And according to the Washington Post, “no place is safe” in America currently and no place will be until Congress steps up and restricts the right to keep and bear arms.
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