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Debunking the Gun Free Zone Myth: “Mass Murder Magnets”

June 19, 2015

Note: This column originally appeared in The Trace In the wake of the Wednesday shooting at a Charleston, S.C., church that left nine people dead, John R. Lott Jr., the prominent researcher whose work is embraced in gun-rights circles, offered a theory of the gunman’s motive. “Churches, like the one in Charleston, preach peace,” he wrote, “but […]

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Defensive Gun Use: Gary Kleck Misfires Again

March 09, 2015

This is a response to Gary Kleck’s article in Politico.  This response is attached as an addendum there: When Gary Kleck can’t defend, he attacks. Instead of offering new insight, Kleck instead baselessly speculates on our motives, suggesting we “hope that total gun prohibition will one day be politically achievable.” To be clear: prohibition is not […]

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Outrage In Missouri Town After Police Shooting Of 18-Yr-Old Man

Debunking the “Good Guy With A Gun” Myth: Guns Do Not Make You Safer

January 27, 2015

**Note: This column appeared in Slate on 1/26/2015 ** Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association issued a passionate call to arms last year, painting a bleak picture of a dystopian America on the brink of collapse: We know, in the world that surrounds us, there are terrorists and home invaders and drug cartels and car-jackers and knock-out […]

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