A documentation of the aggressive arts. Written by Sawyer Paul.

The NRA Myth of Arming the Good Guys

A closer look reveals that their case for arming Americans against mass shooters is nothing more than a cynical ideological talking point—one dressed up in appeals to heroism and the defense of constitutional freedom, and wholly reliant on misdirection and half truths. If only Sandy Hook’s principal had been packing heat, the argument goes, she could’ve stopped the mass killer. There’s just one little problem with this: Not a single one of the 62 mass shootings we studied in our investigation has been stopped this way…

The problem with gun owners is unfortunately the same as the problem with religious extremists: no amount of evidence will ever get them to change their mind. We can read article after article, do study after study, and try our best to explain that “guns don’t kill people, but people with access to guns do,” but it doesn’t matter. They have faith in the gun, so of course more guns are the answer.