Colbeck calls for the elimination of gun-free zones

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, gave the following statement to his colleagues on the Senate floor in support of eliminating gun-free zones in response to the latest shooting in Oregon.

“My colleagues, I would like you to name just one so-called gun control law currently on the books or proposed to be on the books anytime soon that would have prevented the mass shooting that took place in Roseburg, Oregon.

“One law, just one: Name it. You can’t.

“I’ll tell you about a law that, if ended, would end much if not all of the slaughter happening in our churches, our schools, and our entertainment centers across America. That would be the law that gives lethal advantage to mass murderers; the law that disarms American citizens when they are most in need of an armed defense.

“That law would be the gun-free zone law.

“If mass shootings have one thing in common, more often than not, it’s that they take place in what are called gun-free zones. Killers in search of a movie theater to shoot up drive past multiple theaters, go way out of their way to get to a gun-free-zone movie theater. They know that they won’t face any resistance; they won’t face any armed pushback. They know that they will be in a kill zone, custom-made for their wholesale slaughter.

“It happens time after time. Mass murderers actively seek out gun-free zones: Virginia Tech, Newtown, D.C. Naval Yard, Fort Hood, Aurora movie theater, Chattanooga recruiting center, Lafayette Grand movie theater, and the list goes on and on. All of them are gun-free zones.

“According to the Crime Prevention Resource Center, 92 percent of mass shootings take place in gun-free zones. It’s an easily observable fact. No study is really needed to show that the areas of the most onerous gun prohibitions lead to the highest gun crime murder rates. Look no further than Chicago, Illinois, with arguably the strictest gun control laws in America. Every weekend in Chicago, there is essentially a mass shooting.

“Let’s face it, gun-free zones are wishful thinking. We all want to live in a utopia where no guns are required, nobody gets hurt, and everything is wonderful. But the reality of life is that when an insane killer is on the prowl seeking a mass slaughter of innocent people, the only thing that stops this killer in his tracks is a law-abiding citizen with a gun.

“Gun-free zones only work for one element: the criminal element. Gun-free zones also criminalize the law-abiding. Gun-free zones only empower the criminals. Remember, when seconds count, the police are about 30 minutes away sometimes. Let’s start acting smart and,

frankly, Let’s honor our Oath of Office and support Article I, Section 6 of the Michigan Constitution, which gives every citizen the right to keep and bear arms for the defense of himself or the state. Let’s end gun-free zones now.”


Editor’s note: The above video of Colbeck’s address is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at:

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