Mass Shooting Study Released from Stanford: Results? Gun-Free-Zones Are Death Zones

Stanford University confirms with facts/14 years of data that gun-free-zones are deadly



Results are in from Stanford University Libraries, who compiled stats from a collection of mass shooting data dating back to 2002.

They’ve confirmed what we’ve always known: Mass shooters prefer to target gun-free-zones, where they know there will be no deterrents for their plan and victims remain defenseless.

A mass shooting is clearly defined as three or more shooting victims injured or killed (not including the shooter). This information is not comprised of gang or drug related activity.

With this definition, 153 incidents were reported since 2002.

Research done at the Heritage Foundation found that fifty-four of the 153 incidents (35 percent) involved a shooter targeting people at random who were not relatives or adversaries of the attempted murderer’s.


Of the 54 incidents that fit these criteria, the shooter chose locations where guns were banned 37 times (69 percent). Alternatively, the shooting occurred where guns were legally allowed only 17 times (31 percent). See graphic.


Of the 17 shootings that occurred where citizens could legally carry firearms, 5 (29 percent) were ended when the gunman was stopped or slowed by a gun permit holder’s intervention.


If you have a choice to be in a gun-free zone or a legal-to-carry setting, you are less likely to be the victim of a mass shooting where it is legal to carry guns. All else being equal, if a killer can strike where he is less likely to face lethal law-abiding resistance from ordinary citizens, he will.

D&C has published several other articles that have reiterated this very concept, this is essential and vital information to understand.

150x300_emailerMass shootings can be prevented! There have been many incidents where random citizens carrying guns have prevented mass shootings by taking out the perp.

Think for yourself: take a step back and put yourself in the mind of a mass shooter. Where would you go if you had an agenda to kill as many people as possible before getting caught? Where it is illegal for others to have guns and defend themselves of course!

We could prevent future mass shootings if more people begin to understand this information, and start working in their home states and cities to ban gun-free-zones as the death zones they are. Vote for politicians and mayors who understand this, vote for those in government leadership who get this concept.

Voting to ban gun-free-zones is voting to protect lives in the future.

Author: Annie Stonebreaker

Annie is attending North Idaho College for a degree in journalism and is enjoying writing about everything guns for Defend and Carry. She finds our right to bear arms imperative and can get quite spicy on the topic. In her spare time she loves reading, playing outdoors, any water activities, eating sweet treats, eating in general, playing music or spending time with her Fiance, and being surrounded by good friends, conversation and laughter.

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