A Slate article from 01/28/2015 by Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes claims that a good guy with a gun is a myth. This article provides a number of studies showing that increased number of firearms equals an increased number of firearm deaths. However, all of these studies show a correlation between the two. It does not support a causation, which would support the stance taken in the article. They also point out that criminal use outweighs defensive gun use. So how can a good guy with a gun be a myth if it does happen?
The CDC's study done as commissioned by the President on guns states “Unauthorized gun possession or use is associated with higher rates of firearm violence than legal possession of guns”(Priorities For...Firearm Related Violence, pg 16.) The CDC study shows that bad guys with guns are the ones responsible for gun violence, not good guys. The law abiding citizens.
I find it amusing that they state “Suppose a criminal has just broken into your house brandishing a firearm. You need to protect yourself and your family. Wouldn’t anyone feel safer owning a gun? This is the kind of narrative propagated by gun advocates in defense of firearm ownership. It preys on our fear.” (Slate, Jan. 25, 2015) Is this not what they do when they push their anti-gun agenda? I for one feel much better knowing that I can adequately defend myself and my family in he event that that happens.
The likelihood of death during a home invasion as pointed out in the article is .0000002%. Yet they fail to list the number of home invasions in which the owner had a firearm to use as a defense. Again, presenting numbers and percentages so that their position is justified. While their examples that they have used represents those that are uneducated on proper use and handling of a firearm, or that they were used in a defensive manner, it does nothing for their stance on the issue. There are many “good guys” out there.
If the good guy with a gun is a myth, why is it that if one is looking they can easily find numerous examples of defensive gun uses? Just recently in the news there have been at least 2 stories in the last week alone where a gun was used defensively. So, their opinion of a good guy with a gun being a myth, is in fact the REAL myth.
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