New Documentary Exposes Dangers of Gun-Free Zones

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Gabriella Hoffman is a guest contributor to, renowned public speaker and the creator and editor of her own successful site: All-American Girl for the Restoration of Values

Las Vegas, Nevada — The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF)’s 37th annual SHOT Show conference is underway here in Las Vegas, Nevada. Over 60,000 people are estimated to be in attendance. People from all sectors of the gun industry are here.

One of NSSF’s goals is to educate the populace about the Second Amendment. Due to constant misinformation, the gun industry is unfairly targeted. One common misconception anti-gunners spread is gun-free zones stop crime. Quite the contrary. As a result,  a new documentary from Outdoor Channel is seeking to expose how dangerous gun-free zones are.

Yesterday, I attended an exclusive screening of “Safe Haven: Gun-Free Zones in America” at SHOT Show. News Editor and Fox News Contributor Katie Pavlich teamed up with Outdoor Channel to produce it. The film’s intent is to educate Americans about the dangers of gun-free zones and the need for more good guys with guns.

The documentary explores the danger inset in gun-free zones and why they are easy targets for criminals. The documentary brought in various experts to opine about the need to reform gun-free zone policies at schools, businesses, churches, and government offices. Below are the experts who contributed to the documentary aslisted in the press release:

  • Katie Pavlich (host) – National Review Institute Washington Fellow, Townhall news editor, FOX News contributor and author of “Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women” (2014, Threshold Editions), as well as “Fast and Furious, Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover Up” (2012, Regnery Publishing)
  • J. Eric Dietz, Ph.D., P.E. – Director of the Purdue Homeland Security Institute and Professor in the Computer and Information Technology Department at Purdue University, as well as author of the institution’s studies on active shooter events
  • David Thweatt – Superintendent of Harrold Independent School District in Harrold, Texas, which allows teachers concealed carry with proper training
  • Katherine Schweit – A FBI Special Agent who heads the agency’s Active Shooter Initiative and is the lead agent for the FBI’s recent Active Shooter report
  • Jeanne Assam – Former Minneapolis police officer and member of New Life Church in Colorado Springs, Colorado, Jeanne used her concealed firearm to stop an active shooter during church services
  • Steven Strauss – Lecturer and John L. Weinberg/Goldman Sachs & Co. visiting professor at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, an adjunct faculty member at the Harvard Kennedy School and Huffington Post contributor on the gun-free zone debate
  • Amanda Collins – A University of Nevada, Reno student and concealed carry permit holder who was sexually assaulted in an on-campus gun-free zone; Her attacker went on to kidnap, rape and murder 19-year old Brianna Denison
  • Massad Ayoob – International firearms and self-defense instructor and former Vice Chairman of the Forensic Evidence Committee of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Elizabeth Boyer – A police officer in White Hall, Arkansas
  • Edward Monk – National Rifle Association (NRA) handgun instructor and former Armor Officer with the United States Army
  • Among others…

The documentary is expected to be released later this year.

I highly recommend all of our readers watch the film following its release. Good guys with guns are better than bad guys with guns. As a result, we must be vigilant in our efforts to dispel myths about gun-free zones.

(Gabriella had the chance to interview Kate Pavlich during the show -tony.)

Katie noted how multifaceted and expansive the shooting sports industry is.

She said, “A lot of people don’t understand how multifaceted it is…SHOT Show is incredible because it brings so many different industries inside the gun industry-the firearms industry- together.”

“It’s an 8 billion dollar a year industry. It employs millions of people. Las Vegas alone is going to see an increase in 90 million dollars this week, which I think is awesome and amazing,” she added.

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