Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story

Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story

The claim that having more people walking around with concealed weapons is also belied by the broader evidence. Data has consistently shown that, the more guns a place has, the more homicides are likely to occur. And a recent study found that right-to-carry handgun laws actually lead to a significant increase in violent crime.

This accords with common sense. For every rare case in which a person with a concealed gun actually stops a potential mass shooter, how many more cases will there be where a misunderstanding leads to violence? Or a firearm is accidentally discharged? Or a gun is stolen? The more guns around, the more common these inevitabilities become. The fewer guns we have, the fewer people will die because of them.

via Firearm violence expert says the ‘good guy with a gun’ myth is a ‘collective adolescent fantasy’ – Raw Story