When Gun Control Costs Lives
Lott, John R., Jr., National Forum
Guns make it easier for people to kill, but guns also make it easier for people to defend themselves, especially for victims who are not strong physically. The question is not whether guns have costs, but what is the net effect. Do guns on net save lives or cost lives? What impact do they have on other crimes that threaten so many people?
Unfortunately, news coverage does not do a very good job of portraying the trade-offs we face. As the old saying goes, "if it bleeds, it leads." A dead body on the ground that has been shot to death, particularly if it is a sympathetic victim, is much more likely to get news coverage than a case where someone uses a gun to stop a crime. If a …
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Publication information: Article title: When Gun Control Costs Lives. Contributors: Lott, John R., Jr. - Author. Magazine title: National Forum. Volume: 80. Issue: 4 Publication date: Fall 2000. Page number: 29+. © 1999 Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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