By: Teresa Mull
A 51-year-old gunman killed five co-workers at the Molson Coors brewery facility in Milwaukee yesterday before turning the gun on himself. It’s likely this latest mass shooting is another such tragedy to take place in a so-called “gun free zone.”
Not surprisingly, the left is now blaming a lack of gun control for the shooting. Vox reports:
And just hours before the shooting, Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers called on lawmakers to push forward legislation aimed at tightening the state’s gun laws.
In response to Evers, “Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, made it clear that Wisconsin’s gun laws would not change under a Republican-controlled Legislature,” USA Today reported, “reminding voters of the longstanding divide that all but ensures deadly incidents like Wednesday’s aren’t going to spur new gun policies anytime soon.”
We know, however, as gunmen do, that mandated “gun free zones” make victims sitting ducks in active shooter situations. The Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC) has found that 97.8 percent of mass public shootings between 1950 and 2018 have occurred in “gun free zones.”
A press officer from Molson Coors has not yet responded to GPM’s request for information on the brewery’s policy on employees carrying guns, however, according to a Miller Coors website about tour information for Milwaukee location, concealed weapons are banned:
As a reminder, some of the deadliest mass shootings in this country’s history have occurred in so-called gun free zones, and most of the recent shootings that have made the news have happened in these shooter safe-havens:
Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people in 2018 in Parkland, Florida at a school, a gun free zone.
Omar Mateen murdered 49 people in 2016 in Florida at Pulse Nightclub, a gun free zone.
Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik killed 14 people in 2015 in San Bernardino, California in a public building and gun free zone.
Dylann Storm Roof took the lives of 9 people in South Carolina in 2015 at a church, which, according to state law, is a gun free zone.
Aaron Alexis killed 12 people in 2013 at the Washington, D.C. Navy Yard, where only military police are permitted to carry a firearm.
Adam Lanza murdered 27 people, many of them children, in Newtown, Connecticut in 2012, at Sandy Hook Elementary School, a gun free zone.
The list goes on. CPRC has compiled an excel sheet of all the mass public shootings between 1998 and 2018, along with a case-by-case discussion of which shootings have happened in gun free zones.
Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at [email protected].