The Crime rate is high because the "laws" they create are simply kneejerk reactions that really do not address the probem. They are feel good laws so they can say "see we did something". Consider this, besides being "gun free" zones, schools are also "DRUG FREE" zones. Hell the street in front of my house is a drug free zone. Drugs are illegal. Besides if you want to score some good weed,or the newest drug where is the best place to go? How about your local high school. They have got just about anything you could want.