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Virginia Beach Shooting: Gun Control Policies Failed Victims

Kate Nixon was one of the 12 victims of the Virginia Beach shooting in May.

According to her family, she desired to carry a firearm for self-defense. Nixon family attorney Kevin Martingayle explained the dilemma the family faced, having discussed it as recently as the night before the tragedy.

"They had a discussion the night before about whether or not she should take a pistol and hide it in her handbag."

They decided against it, because of the restrictive gun control policies in the area.

"There's a policy, apparently, against having any kind of weapons that are concealed in the building."

Had Kate been allowed to arm herself, she and her coworkers might have escaped with their lives.

Kate Nixon, victim of the Virginia Beach shooting

In the city of Virginia Beach, employees are prohibited from carrying "any weapon". This applies to concealed carry permit-holders, despite their legal permission to wield a firearm.

Gun-free zones are an easy target for those looking to harm. It's like a jewelry store advertising their lack of security to burglars. Up to 98% of mass public shootings occur in gun-free zones.

Kate had expressed concern before about her coworker, who went on to end her life. There were many warning signs.

Had these warning signs been addressed or reported, this incident might have been preventable.

If Kate was permitted to defend herself, a human right that the constitution protects, she might still be here today with her husband and children.

These restrictive gun control policies that are adopted by cities, states, and workplaces alike, are endangering the citizenry.

Kate wanted to be prepared. She wanted to protect herself. She needed to protect herself.

Unfortunately, her city and her employer's policies left her defenseless. As they did the eleven other victims.

The answer to this tragedy is not more gun control. It's ensuring the right to self-preservation. It's securing workplaces and doing away with gun-free zones. It's recognizing the signs and being vigilant.

Had these been applied in Virginia Beach, a tragedy could have been avoided.