MYTH 1 – THE ONLY THING THAT STOPS A BAD GUY WITH A GUN IS A GOOD GUY WITH A GUN
The Gun Lobby Says – Whenever a mass shooting makes headlines, inevitably the gun lobby will claim that the tragedy could have been averted had more guns been present.
Recipe For Disaster – It’s true that a good guy with a gun—such as an active duty police officer with extensive training for crisis situations — may stop an active shooter. But a gun in untrained hands is a recipe for disaster, and the training requirements for carrying a gun in public are weak or nonexistent in most states.
Studies have shown people are far more likely to shoot themselves or other bystanders than they are to stop a gunman, and the presence of guns can confuse law enforcement about the identity of the “bad guy.”
America Should Be The Safest Country on Earth – This gun lobby talking point may be an effective sales ploy, but were it the slightest bit true, the United States, with its millions of concealed carry permits, would be the safest country on earth. Instead, our violence outpaces peer nations by staggering margins, and over a million Americans have been shot by guns in the past decade.
The Ratio of Criminal Homicides to Justifiable Homicides is 34:1