"The police were there in minutes."
Will THOSE words be on your epitaph? They are the memorial words for the two people killed in the Pittsburg shooting in the psychiatric clinic, which, I bet, is a "gun free zone" (it's on the Pittsburg University campus). There are also 7 wounded in that shooting spree.
The shooter took but seconds to do his grisly work, and the police took minutes to get there.
How does THAT math work for you?
I generally don't leave my house without being armed with a handgun of one-shot-stop caliber. I try to avoid "gun free zones". If I must go into one, I carefully consider the tactical situation of entry and exit. I eyeball everyone around me (although, I admit that might not help in a Psych Clinic) as to their potential threat. I employ, in evaluating my tactical situation, all of my military training in escape and evasion.
I carry a knife suitable for fighting with, and am a graduate of Combatives training, so I know how to use it.
But, you may not have those advantages.
Start with the obvious. Stay out of "gun free zones", which are actually "victim-rich zones". Perhaps, if we stop patronizing businesses and other places in "gun free zones", someone MIGHT get the message that they aren't working.
BTW, has anyone done an analysis of recent mass shootings to determine what percentage of them were done in such victim-zones? I think that a tort exists here for those who would establish and maintain such zones. I think that these idiots can be sued into oblivion. How about it, Mr. Gura?