This post challenges the belief that ‘gun-free zones’, areas such as schools and work place institutions, are breeding grounds for a mass shooting. The commonly held belief that mass shooters are attracted to gun-free, vulnerable areas is shown to lack evidentiary substantiation. The idea that schools have been made safer by armed guards is also challenged
In 2012, a law student at the University of Idaho challenged a provision in his housing agreement that prohibited him from possessing a firearm in his campus housing unit. The student argued that the prohibition violated his right to bear arms under the Idaho and U.S. constitutions. The Idaho state court judge ruled that the housing provision did not violate the law student’s right to bear arms. The judge stated that the University’s “important interest of ensuring that the University campus remains a safe educational and learning environment” outweighed the student’s interest in having a gun. See: Tribble v. State Bd. Of Educ.