After both the recent Navy Yard shooting and last year’s Sandy Hook school shooting, the NRA observed standard policy of carefully-planned radio silence for a week or two, then releasing a prepared statement. In these cases, the completely idiotic – “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”.
Let’s ignore the fact that the real-world isn’t a Hollywood movie, where there are easily identifiable ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’, and ignoring the key issues of psychological diagnosis/care before people lose the plot, or how easy guns make turning a large amount of people dead, very quickly – just how many guns is enough?
Do they really believe giving all their teachers guns to defend their students is not a completely stupid idea? What of the numerous metal detectors at schools already, or that there are more than 97 guns per 100 people in the country already? Is it not completely obvious that the solution to people getting shot is NOT to provide yet more guns?
In any case, this insanity aside, the article digs up the statistics and looks into this claim of ‘more guns, more safety’. Spoiler: There’s a positive correlation between guns and violent crime, who would have thought.
“To figure that out, we had to figure out how many good guys with guns we needed in order to drop the crime rate down to zero. Happily, the FBI last week released its 2012 “Crime in the United States report. This annual document breaks down crime data from municipalities and states across the country. It also counts the number of officially sanctioned good guys in each place, which is to say the number of cops. Which allows us to do something interesting. Below, a graph contrasting the rate of violent crime for every 1,000 residents of every municipality in America with a population of more than 1,000 people with the number of sworn police per 1,000 people.”