2008-01-31 : Gun-free zones are dangerous

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2008-01-31 : Gun-free zones are dangerous

Postby GOSA » Fri, 2008-03-07 07:31

The Editor

Teachers and learners at Mbelebele High School in Q Section, Umlazi, where a
teenager held them at gunpoint on Tuesday, must have been traumatised by the
armed thug going on the rampage.

This incident proves that proclaiming gun free zones at schools will not
prohibit homicidal maniacs from entering these premises. In fact, expecting
such an individual to honour a law prohibiting firearms is sheer utopian

In Europe, 16 people were killed in a public school shooting in Germany in
April 2002.

In the US, thugs using firearms at elementary or secondary schools between
1997 and 2002 killed 32 students. The total includes gang fights,
robberies, accidents and the so-called: "school shootings." All these
attacks took place in gun free zones.

In Israel, however, teachers and parents serving as school aids are armed at
all times on school grounds, with semi-automatic weapons. Since this policy
was adopted in the 1970's, attacks by gunmen at schools in Israel have

In 2004 Thailand adopted a similar approach for safety of children. It is
politically incorrect, but it does have the advantage of saving the lives of
innocent children and teachers. The policy? Encouraging teachers to carry

As reported by the Associated Press on April 27, 2004, "Interior Minister
Bhokin Bhalakula ordered provincial governors to give teachers licenses to
buy guns if they want to even though it would mean bringing firearms into
the classrooms when the region's 925 schools reopen May 17 after two months
of summer holiday."

But though Thailand's government is extremely hostile to gun ownership in
general, it has recognized that teachers ought to be able to safeguard their
students and themselves.

Maybe we can learn something from these countries.

History and common sense prove that gun free zones are dangerous.

Charl van Wyk

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