Gun rights leader says legislation is lethal: ‘Gun-free zones are murder magnets’

It’s been one year since the tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn., but while some are advocating more gun control laws, one gun rights activist said some laws need to be revoked.

“Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace asked Larry Pratt, executive director of Gun Owners of America, if he saw Congress’ failure to pass additional gun control legislation as a victory for gun rights.

“We’re not really able to talk about a victory until we get rid of the laws that prohibit people from being able to protect themselves in schools and in other places,” Pratt said. “Every one of our mass murders in our country has occurred in places where guns were prohibited.”

Wallace asked if Pratt wanted to see some legislation rolled back.

“The legislation that’s on the books is lethal,” Pratt said. “It is killing people. These gun-free zones are murder magnets, and we’ve simply got to get rid of them. It’s an illusion to think that we’ll be safer because we can’t have a gun in a particular area, because the bad guy’s gonna have a gun.”

The Newtown slayings sparked a huge national outrage, Wallace said, citing polls showing that 90 percent of Americans supported additional background checks. But Pratt scoffed at the reports.

“From what we were finding, the notion that somehow gun owners were part of that 90 percent didn’t jive with what we found with our members, with what the NRA found with their members,” Pratt said. “Gun Owners of America doesn’t put any credence in those polls, and the fact is, Congress didn’t either, because they weren’t hearing that from their constituents.”

Watch the exchange here via Fox News:

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Cheryl Carpenter Klimek has been a political consultant handling public affairs and PAC management for nearly 20 years. Cheryl can be reached by email at & on Twitter @CherylBPR

  • fusco

    Gun free zone are just asking for trouble. When you are armed you are protected and you can protect others.

    • lovinspoonful

      It is proven that areas with gun control have more murders than areas without gun control. How difficult is that to understand?

      • justiceOfThePeace

        There is absolutely no proof of that. In fact, when cities banned guns in the US gun crimes went up. It’s also true world-wide (statistically).

        • lovinspoonful

          You just said the same thing I did. And, yes, there is proof of what I said. What are you talking about?

  • Howard Turner

    newtown aurora va tech arapahoe high all gun free zones all sites of of gunmen killing someone for reasons known only to themselves the last one was stopped in 80 seconds simply because a good guy on site had a gun gun control doesnt work it hasnt worked in chicago it hasnt worked in wash dc the scotus ahd ruled our 2nd amendment includes the right to self defense its time to end the liberal lies and put decent conservative legislators in office

    • lovinspoonful

      every one of them have been known to be mentally deranged. that I where the focus needs to be – on mental health, not gun control.

    • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

      The Arapahoe shooting was supposedly because the teacher had cut him from the debate team. He was obviously troubled no dead.

  • momoseven

    The liberals enact gun free zones, then wring their hands, shake their heads, and go on the morning and evening media circuit pushing for more gun control—to stop the very scenarios that they created in the first place!….It’s pretty clever, huh?!

  • themotivat

    Mr Pratt statement that all mass killings occurred in gun free zones is not correct, Columbine is one example.

    • Liam Anlage

      Was a Gun free zone!

  • Pamela K. Cahoon Laub

    The people of Newtown are tired of being photo op props. Many are applying for gun permits so they can protect themselves and their families.

  • Martin

    It gives me a sense of pride that 52 out of 64 (pretty wide margin) Sheriffs. Stand their ground against a law that never should have been.

  • Martin

    At the same time I think all gun carriers should conceal as much as is comfortable to the individual. As far as criminals goes, I say the less they know the better. A responsible person carting a gun for defense should let criminals know who carries and who doesn’t. If for no other reason carrying open let’s criminals know who doesn’t have a gun making that individual that doesn’t carry for whatever reason stand out as a gun free human that does not have adequate defense against them and is an easy “Gun Free Zone” area susceptible to the violator(s) whims leaving the none gun person(s) at the criminal(s) mercy. Which in millions of attacks or attempts turns out to be No Mercy Given none Ask unless caught and convicted. Then some ask for mercy from the Court. With all the feverish voracity a defense can muster.

  • Martin

    Where do you get such bullsh*t. Look at real statistics. Read what Center for Freedom of Information CFIF. They have complied their information from the Legal Records of the Law enforcement agencies
    in all the countries where guns have been confiscated.
    More murders occur after. More murders in this country are do to blunt force trauma usual a hammer.
    So what’s next only a licensed professional carpenter with a college education degree major in Hammers the use and misuse of hammers101 Hammer Safety 102 the proper way to carry and it’s legal uses 103 the safest way to store a Hammer when not in your hand or use.
    Sounds silly but not so silly to the victims of blunt force trauma. I’m sure they would want to retain an attorney to sue manufacturers wholesalers and retailers for out of business for their indiscriminate distribution of a deadly weapon. Why? It doesn’t even have a serial number or a record of who bought it from where did they even bother to check with authorities to see if the person was qualified to purchase and possess a hammer? We could at least run the price up by micro-stamping and registration. No more cheap “Saturday Night” Hammers. Earn there living with a government approve Rock.