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While armed security works, gun bans do not. Anti-gun legislation keeps guns away from the sane and the law-abiding — but it does not keep guns out of the hands of criminals, as the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre has observed. Nearly all mass shootings have occurred in “gun-free” zones. Law-abiding citizens do not bring their guns to gun-free zones, so murderous wackos know they can inflict more harm in these unprotected environments. The sane and the law-abiding become easy targets.

Politicians congratulate themselves for mandating gun-free zones, touting increased safety while actually making us more vulnerable to the next horrible monster in search of soft targets.

If we could simply legislate gun-free zones, why can’t our politicians with the stroke of a pen remove all guns from banks, airports, rock concerts and government buildings?

We already have more than 20,000 under-enforced or selectively enforced gun laws on the books. Gun regulation affects only the guns of the law-abiding. Criminals will not be bound by such gestures, especially as we continually fail to prosecute serious gun violations or provide meaningful and consistent penalties for violent felonies using firearms.

In lieu of empty gestures, we should address gun violence by doing what works. By safeguarding our Second Amendment rights, we preserve meaningful protection for women.

Every woman deserves a fighting chance.

Gayle Trotter is an attorney and senior fellow of the Independent Women’s Forum. The views expressed are her own.