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Truth Leaks on Gun-Free School Zones

The lamestream media told you:

The federal gun-free school-zone law is a good thing. It was enacted in 1990, declared unconstitutional, then reenacted with a small change, and has been left standing since. Schools are so much safer because of it.

Technically, it creates a 1,000-foot zone around school perimeters that basically prohibits most gun possession almost anywhere in a populated area (see maps). The zones essentially all overlap http://www.gunlaws.com/Gun_Free_School_Zones.htm

Experts have noted it is essentially unenforceable, and it in fact is not generally enforced on the general public as it travels. More often, state laws apply when actual offenses or crimes occur.


IN THIS BUILDING
YOU ARE PROTECTED
BY THIS SIGN


The Uninvited Ombudsman notes however that:


The far left publication Education Week provides a clear understanding of what the Gun-Free School Zones has actually accomplished, at the ground level, in schools (in the bad parts of town, but they don't put it that way):
http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/01/10/16policies.h32.html?qs=discipline+policies+squeezed

 

A student passes through security at the beginning of the school day at
Christian Fenger Academy High School in Chicago. School officials
around the country are working to balance school security with
the need to maintain a positive learning environment.

-Peter Hoffman


"The so-called zero-tolerance approach to discipline, once reserved for the most serious of offenses, has prompted the suspensions and expulsions of students in possession of butter knives and theater-prop swords. The federal Gun-Free Schools Act, enacted in 1994, ushered in an era of tough punishment for low-level offenses.

"Meanwhile, research and public positions by psychologists, physicians, and teachers' unions denounce such practices as harmful to students academically and socially, useless as prevention tools, and unevenly applied. Advocacy groups--backed by that research and by data collected by the U.S. Department of Education--say the discipline machinery has a disproportionate effect on students who are black, Latino, or male and those with disabilities." [studies of course do not measure (or care) whether these groups are disproportionately involved in offenses, because that could be an inconvenient truth.)

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  • Freelance writer Alan Korwin is a founder and past president of the Arizona Book Publishing Association. With his wife Cheryl he operates Bloomfield Press, the largest producer and distributor of gun-law books in the country. Here writing as "The Uninvited Ombudsman," Alan covers the day's stories as they ought to read. Read more.

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