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[Dissociated Press] In the wake of the horrific Navy Yard shootings in Washington, D.C., congressional gun control advocates held a press conference in the nation's capitol to outline their new approach to preventing mass shootings.
Congresswoman Shirley Dupe, (D) Maryland, proposed the new legislation:
"We are horrified that another mass shooting has been perpetrated against defenseless Americans... "A man in the back of the room interrupted the congresswoman:
"Wasn't it gun control advocates like you who made them defenseless? "The congresswoman ignored the question, and continued:
"We need to ban assault weapons."The man replied:
"The shooter didn't use an assault weapon. Most mass shooters don't use assault weapons. The worst mass shooter in American history-- at Virginia Tech-- killed 32 people and used two pistols."The congresswoman continued:
"We need background checks."The man replied:
"The Navy Yard shooter legally purchased his shotgun and had obtained a high level military security clearance. He passed extensive background checks."The congresswoman continued:
"Washington D.C. is a gun-free zone. The Washington Navy Yard is a gun-free zone in a gun-free zone. Yet a gunman just killed 12 people. So the solution is obvious."She paused.
"We need legislation to make gun-free zones in gun-free zones gun-free zones."The man spoke again.
"Congresswoman, nearly all of the mass shootings in recent years have been in gun-free zones. Columbine, the Long Island Railroad, Westroads Mall, Virginia Tech, Clackamas shopping center, Red Lake High School, Northern Illinois University, the Amish elementary school, the University of Alabama Huntsville, Chardon High School, the Binghamton immigration center, Santa Monica College, Fort Hood, Oikos University, the Aurora movie theatre, the Washington Navy Yard are all gun-free zones.
Doesn't this latest massacre demonstrate once again that not only are gun-free zones ineffective in preventing mass shootings, but gun-free zones seem to attract mass shooters?"The congresswoman scowled.
"And why, pray tell, would a shooter choose a gun-free zone, when he knows full well that by carrying a gun with a high capacity magazine in a gun-free zone he is breaking the law? And why would a shooter choose a gun-free zone where he knows no one else will have a gun?"The man stared at the congresswoman, then sat down, and put his head in his hands.