“If the bad guy is the only one with a gun, guess who wins?” says Nikki Goeser during her appearance last month on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Ms. Goeser, who was discussing her new book, “Stalked And Defenseless: How Gun Control Helped My Stalker Murder My Husband in Front of Me,” was emphasizing the self-evident flaw with gun-free zones.
That is, they only disarm the law-abiding. Bad guys do not give a rip about a sign that reads, “No guns allowed.” In fact, in many instances, gun-free zones are a beacon to criminals because they know the people inside are sitting ducks. (Since 1950, 94 percent of mass public shootings occurred inside a gun-free zone, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center.)
As you may have guessed by the title of her book, Ms. Goeser knows firsthand that gun-free zones are murder magnets. The poor woman watched as her own husband was gunned down by a stalker.
Ms. Goeser, who is a licensed concealed carrier, had left her pistol in the car because of a Tennessee law that banned firearms in certain places, including the restaurant where she and her husband were patronizing that fateful day.
“I will probably wonder for the rest of my life if I could have prevented that, of course, I’ll never know because I was denied a chance,” “ she tells Tucker. “I was stalked and defenseless.”
Another interesting point Ms. Goeser raises in the interview is that the perp was not charged with any of the gun-control laws he broke in the process of murdering her husband.
“We hear Democrats talk about ‘We want more and more gun control laws,’ but when it comes right down to it, take for instance the prosecutor for my husband’s murder case, he did not charge the murderer for any of the gun control violations,” she explained.
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“He was not charged with carrying a handgun without a permit, he was not charged with carrying a gun illegally into a gun-free zone, those charges could have been put out there and he could have got more prison time,” she added.
Supposing that is true not just for this case but for other murderers as well then one must see gun-free zones as being doubly ineffective. They fail to work proactively as they do not stop armed killers. And, they fail to work retroactively as those who exploit gun-free zones to take innocent lives do not face additional charges for violating the law.
Disarming good people does not make bad people harmless. While this is common knowledge for gun owners, much of the rest of the public still needs to come to this realization. We wish Ms. Goeser the best as she works to open more hearts and minds to our collective cause.
You can pick up a copy of Ms. Goeser’s book on Amazon.com.