We all know that “gun-free” zones serve as a dinner bell for whack-jobs, terrorists, and social misfits. Singer Christina Grimmie’s family has filed suit in recent days against the gun-free theater in Orlando where she was shot to death in June. The suit claims negligent security on the part of the venue. It raises a good point: If a property owner bans good guys with guns, then the property owner should be responsible for letting bad guys with guns get in.
Tragically, Miss Grimmie lost her life when a crazed man illegally entered the gun-free venue illegally carrying two firearms. He shot and killed her as she signed autographs following a concert.
ABC News reported the story.
“The owners of the facility in which she performed and the outside security company hired to provide security for the concert … failed to take adequate security measures to ensure the safety of the performers and the attendees at the concert venue,” the suit reads.
The security company is not named, but additional defendants include “ABC Corporation, John Doe and Jane Doe.”
Indeed the killer entered with two GLOCKs and a knife. The killer knew that “no guns” signage would keep law-abiding gun owners out. Nothing deterred him, however. He brazenly walked up to the 22-year-old singer and shot her dead. When tackled by her brother to end his rampage, the killer suck-started his pistol.
Ironically, the suit demands use of more of the same failed security that got the singer killed. According to the ABC report, the suit claims security provided “superficial bag checks with no body pat downs. …We are hopeful that our lawsuit will bring widespread attention to the issue of concert security and safety and more effective safeguards will be implemented to protect performers and attendees at concerts around the U.S. in the future.”
Somehow I suspect the family envisions TSA-style screening at venues with no regard for allowing law-abiding concert-goers to arm themselves. TSA-style screening, though, would likely guarantee a lot of Americans will simply decline to participate.
Good guys with guns stop bad guys with evil in their hearts. In short, “gun-free” zones create victims, not safety.