Criminal Empowerment Zones (AKA “Gun-Free” Zones)

I’m seeing a lot of hysterical and illogical arguments against the proposed changes to Michigan’s CPL law.  These people may not have been paying attention back in 2000, but these are the same arguments that were being made against the original CPL law that made Michigan a shall-issue state.  People were predicting “blood in the streets” and that our cities would resemble the wild west.  Never happened.  Even the most vociferous opponents of the law now admit that they were wrong.


I understand this is an emotional time and there is an impulse to just make it all go away, but please understand, bad things happen and all this bill does is provide law-abiding citizens the freedom to protect themselves and their children when it does.  In no way does this bill do anything to change the likelihood that someone would enter a school with malicious intent.  What is does do is increase the likelihood that there will be someone there to stop them.

When considering this issue, I would kindly suggest acquainting yourself with these rulings, and the story of Joseph Lozito [1,2], before formulating your opinion:

“Law enforcement agencies and personnel have no duty to protect individuals from the criminal acts of others; instead their duty is to preserve the peace and arrest law breakers for the protection of the general public.” – Lynch v. N.C. Dept. of Justice, 376 S.E. 2nd 247 (N.C. App. 1989)

“…a government and its agencies are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any particular individual citizen…” – Warren v. District of Columbia, 444 A.2d 1 (D.C. App. 1981)

Updated 7/26/13 with links to Joseph Lozito’s story.


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