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Indoor gun range moves in next to school, predictable outrage ensues

Students, parents, and community leaders are outraged that an indoor gun range is opening next to the local high school in Rancho Cordova, California. Apparently having a gun range in such proximity to a school is dangerous. From Reason:

“Even though it’s legal, it’s still wrong. you shouldn’t mix schools with guns,” said student Damon Kalerkorinos.

He helped organized the protest of students against the new shooting range being developed just about 250 feet away from their campus.

“It’s just not safe to have a gun club so close to a school,” he said.

Principal Allegra Allesandri says a new gun club so close is wrong, citing weapon-free zones designed to keep schools safe.

But weapons-free zones don't make schools any safer than they already are; people who intend to commit violence in schools won't be deterred by felony weapons charges. Instead, Allesandri and Kalerkorinos must have some unfounded belief that mere proximity to a gun causes otherwise healthy people to lose their minds and resort to violence. There isn't any merit to that argument, either.

The city has no plans to stop the gun range since the current zoning laws allow for the gun range to be there. For now.


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