Gun-free zones at fault in Chattanooga shootings, says pro-gun researcher

Daniel Terrill for reports:

“Watching the coverage on television Thursday, it was hard to ignore the gun-free zone sign on the front door of the recruiting station. It was surrounded by bullet holes,” says economist Dr. John Lott in his column with Fox News.

“Army regulations are very clear stating that personnel cannot have firearms during their official duties. Last year the Obama administration instituted interim rules that clearly prohibit privately owned weapons from all federally leased office and land, including recruiters’ offices,” says Lott, who published the study “More Guns, Less Crime,” which argues that the influx of firearm ownership contributed to the decrease in overall crime across the U.S.

He adds, “We trust soldiers to carry guns all the time when they are stationed in Iraq or Afghanistan, but somehow when they come home we no longer trust them.”

Four U.S. Marines and a Chattanooga police officer were killed as part of an incident that began at the U.S. Navy Recruiting office and ended at the Reserve Center Thursday morning.

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