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After the mass shooting in Las Vegas, stocks were hot. Shares in some gun companies jumped, and bump stocks — which allow semi-automatic weapons to fire faster — are selling more briskly at some gun shops.
But do guns, or ways to fire them faster, make us safer? Is “a good guy with a gun” likely to stop a “bad guy with a gun?”
Research suggesting that this might be the case has been roundly criticized by academics, but these numbers don’t seem to deter many shoppers… or lawmakers.
So, if it came down to it, how likely is a good, armed citizen to stop a shooter?
- John Donohue Professor, Stanford Law School
- Kris Brown Co-president, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
- John Lott President, Crime Prevention Research Center
- Porochista Khakpour Author of "Why Did Nancy Lanza Love Guns?" for Slate, writer-in-residence at Northwestern University
- Suzanna Hupp Author, “From Luby’s to the Legislature: One Women’s Fight Against Gun Control”
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