A graph prepared by an author and member of the state gun rights group Georgia Carry.org notes a marked increase in active killer events in spite of federal laws intended to help curb such incidents. GCO research staffer Michael Menkus, previously brought to the attention of Gun Rights Examiner readers as the author of “Guns Good Bans Bad – An Analysis of U.S. Department of Justice 2010 Crime Statistics,” recently completed a chart that demonstrates a quadrupling of these events (see photo accompanying this column).
“Along with studying how changes in carry laws change crime rates, I also study Active Killer events and decided to look at the impact of the Gun-Free School Zone law,” Menkus told Gun Rights Examiner.
“I found two interesting things. First, since the law was enacted we went from one incident every decade to four,” he reported. “Second, guess whose bill the original GFSZA was in? The guy President Obama just selected to spearhead the White House response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School mass shooting. “
“The sponsor of the Crime Control Act of 1990 which included the GFSZA was then-Senator Joe Biden,” a GeorgiaCarry.Org email blast to its members confirmed, asking and concluding “Will Joe Biden tarnish his legacy and admit his Gun-Free School Zone Act has endangered our children? We don’t think so, either.”
“Using news media sources and focusing on Active Killer events with four or more intentionally murdered victims, over a short period of time, within a school or university, GeorgiaCarry.Org’s research staff totaled the number of Active Killer events (on y-axis) within discrete five year periods (on x-axis),” the membership email reported.
“As you can clearly see, the frequency of Active Killer Events QUADRUPLED following the enactment of the Gun-Free School Zone Act in 1990,” it concluded.
“I modified Ron Borsch’s Rapid Mass Murder criteria for my data set,” Menkus explained. “ I used Active Killer events with four or more intentionally murdered victims, over a short period of time, within a school or university. There were a couple of events with three murders that were not included such as Chardon, Ohio. I stuck with four because I was looking for the [worst] events and wanted to be aligned with Borsch’s research as much as possible.”
A downloadable version of the Active Killer Events in Schools Chart is available from this correspondent’s Scribd online library account.
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