Nashville Police Chief John Drake made an interesting disclosure on Monday and I believe the revelation comes from his manifesto.
Drake would not say what the other target was, but he hinted that it was a mall. He has come to a conclusion why Audrey Hale did not hit the other target as planned. Liberals will have a hissy fit when he explains why.
The Christian school is what is considered a soft target because no one was armed to stop the killer. The mall on the other hand was considered a hard target, meaning they have armed security on site.
In other words, someone looking to commit mass murder would rather hit a target that does not have someone on-site immediately to stop them.
In fact, since 1950 98% of all mass murders occurred in gun-free zones. Only twice in 73 years have mass killings taken place where guns were allowed to be carried.
This should be easy to figure out, but not easy enough for liberals who want to wipe out guns and Christianity.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, a Democrat, introduced the Gun-Free School Zones Act (GFSZA) in the Senate in 1990. It passed and it was signed into law by RINO George W Bush.
According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, “gun-free zones” (areas where guns are prohibited) have been the target of more than 98% of all mass shootings. This staggering number is why such designated areas are often referred to as “soft targets,” meaning unprotected and vulnerable.
“According to the Crime Prevention Research Center, only a little more than 1% of mass public shootings since 1950 have occurred in places that were not considered to be a gun-free zone,” reports The Blaze. “In fact, as Crime Prevention Research Center President John Lott Jr. noted in October 2015, only two mass shootings in the U.S. since 1950 have occurred in an area where citizens were not prohibited from carrying a gun.”
“We strongly believe there was going to be some other targets, including maybe family members, and one of the malls here in Nashville. And that just did not happen.”
The admission is significant because, at least on an anecdotal level, it confirms that increased security measures, such as armed personnel, make potential targets “hard” and not “soft.” Advocates of armed security argue that “hard targets,” as opposed to “soft targets,” deter individuals bent on violence who wish to carry out an attack.
Whether the mall was the location the perpetrator initially wanted to attack is not yet known. Malls are harder targets because many citizens are legally armed for self-protection. Just last month, a massacre was averted in El Paso when a teenager opened fire inside the mall. And last year, an armed citizen shot dead a person who opened fire inside an Indiana mall food court.
Schools, on the other hand, are generally “soft targets,” where firearms are not permitted.
Police do not believe that any of the victims of Monday’s atrocity were targeted specifically. Rather, the location was targeted. Drake told CBS News that the perpetrator may have resented having been sent to the school when she was younger.