Evan and Devin Write About Guns

This is a blog dedicated to academically refuting pro-gun myths, and providing a scholarly defense of gun control. The site is authored by Evan DeFilippis and Devin Hughes. We can be reached at armedwithreason@gmail.com.


Evan DeFilippis is currently attending Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School, focusing on economics and public policy.  He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a triple degree in Economics, Political Science, and Psychology.  He was the University of Oklahoma’s valedictorian in 2012,  one of the nation’s 50 Harry S. Truman Scholars based on his commitment to public service, and is a David L. Boren Critical Languages scholar.   He speaks fluent Swahili, and is committed to a career in international development.

His work on gun violence has been featured in  in Washington Post, Atlantic, Slate, VICE, Huffington Post, Vox, Media Matters, Boston Review, and many others.   He also writes on productivity and self-help at Quora, where his work has been published in Time Magazine, BusinessInsider, Medium, and many others.

He currently works as a research analyst for the investment firm Quest Opportunity Fund.

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Devin Hughes is the Founder and CIO of Hughes Capital Management, LLC, a Registered Investment Advisor, in Edmond, OK. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Oklahoma with a dual major in Finance (Outstanding Senior) and Risk Management, where he attended as a National Merit Scholar. He has been published in The Honors Undergraduate Research Journal (THURJ) 2013 “Ponzi: When Dreams Are All That Matters”; Brainstorm 2012 “The War Against Memory: New Media and Learning”; THURJ 2011, “The Great Disparity”; and the Journal of Global Affairs 2011, “The Decline and Fall of America: To be continued?” He is the 2008 Oklahoma State Chess Champion.

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  2. john richie   January 9, 2015 12:15 am / Reply

    Hey Armed With Reason,
    I came across your website while researching gun control. I’m a New Orleans filmmaker who directed a documentary about youth and gun violence that will be airing nationally on the PBS series, American Reframed, this February. Currently, I’m at the end of an online campaign to raise funds for my next film and could really use help letting people know about our project. We have already raised $44K out of our $60K goal, but we only have 3 days remaining. If you have a few minutes, please watch our short video. If you feel that it aligns with your interests in helping the gun control movement, please post my link on your blog or social media accounts. Here is the link:

    Thanks so so much!!!
    John Richie

  3. Scott Morrison   January 16, 2015 3:08 am / Reply

    Excellent article on Dubunking the Defensive Gun Use Myth!

    Several years ago after one of the many massacres I wrote the following piece. I’d be grateful if you can help give it wider circulation.


    Gun Math

    Lets apply some elementary math to the claim that there are _AT LEAST_ 2.5 million crimes prevented every year by law-abiding citizens brandishing guns.

    According to the Census Bureau, there were 281,421,906 Americans as of April 1, 2000. Dividing 2.5 million by the total population yields a percentage of .00888 (rounded down). If the gun supporters are correct, to get an idea of how often someone in your area is saved by a gun, simply multiply .00888 by your area’s population, then divide by 365.

    I’m writing this from Petaluma, California, population 54,478, a town so typical of the rest of America that Ronald Reagan shot (no pun intended) the parade for his famous “Morning In America” re-election campaign commercials here, and blockbuster movies such as “American Graffitti” and “Peggy Sue Got Married” were filmed here just because it is so “typical.” I submit that if any town is likely to be considered a valid statistical model for the average American town, Petaluma is it. It has an ethnically diverse population, and also has its share of crime, including the nationally televised Polly Klaas kidnapping/murder case of several years ago.

    So lets run the numbers for this “typical” town. Multiplying 54,548 by .00888 yields a result of 484.38 crimes that were allegedly prevented here last year, or an average of 1.32 every day (rounded down). Given what I know of this area, and attempting to apply common sense in evaluating these results, the numbers claimed by gun supporters seem to me to be about as valid a reflection of the reality which surrounds me as a Mother Goose fairy tale.

    I have no hard data, but common sense tells me that if guns do prevent crimes here, it happens maybe once every couple of years, and certainly not 1.32 times every day, 9.24 times every week, 39.6 times every month, or 484.38 times every year. Looked at another way, if the gun supporters are correct, in the twenty years I’ve been in these parts 9,680 Petalumans have been saved from crimes by guns.

    This is not to say that there may indeed be cases in Petaluma where brandishing a gun has prevented a crime, but neither I nor anyone I know has ever heard of one.

    Scott Morrison

  4. Emily Walker   February 2, 2015 4:11 pm / Reply

    Just heard y’all on On The Media with Bob Garfield. Love what you said about how it’s lazy journalism to give all sources the same weight, and on a personal level I know a lot of people who think they are automatically right if they pick the precise middle of the road haha. Excited to read your blog!

  5. John Roberts   February 3, 2015 8:42 pm / Reply

    I applaud your work. Please go to my website. My new book — Uncommon Sense — A View from the Middle — has a chapter titled “Firearms in the United States” and I think you’ll find it interesting. At the website, look at the “Table of Contents” which has a paragraph introducing each chapter. The book is available as an e-book or print book on Amazon. john roberts

  6. John Roberts   February 3, 2015 8:55 pm / Reply

    I didn’t realize that my web address would not appear on my comment. That website is

  7. Israeli Warque   February 20, 2015 1:36 am / Reply

    I am grateful that you guys do this. I am sad that many of the Christians in the Right do not support common sense when it comes to guns. Their arguments are primarily selfish. I am Catholic.

  8. Israeli Warque   February 23, 2015 5:37 am / Reply

    You guys should write articles about Christians who support gun control.

  9. Edward Camarillo   October 9, 2015 4:15 pm / Reply

    I am curious to hear Armed With Reason’s response to this brief article. It is something that I have often wondered about with regards to gun control legislation: will it really make any difference? Especially, since all those guns are already out there (pandora’s box).


  10. annj49   October 13, 2015 6:52 am / Reply

    Thanks for sharing this info. I wasn’t brought up in a gun toting society (even police did not regularly carry a gun) and I don’t currently live in one where ordinary every day people feel it necessary to own them, except for hunting or military requirement, or policing.

    I’m glad for the background info you provided against the arguments people use to justify an armed population and to fight against control and regulation.

  11. eve   October 17, 2015 7:32 pm / Reply

    I just read your post about the myths regarding armed militias. Thank you so much for this. I am going to send it to all my friends. They are all in favor of gun control and will appreciate the history and analysis showing how wrong the myths are. I do.

    I live in Texas and can remember when people who had guns were mostly hunters or farmers/ranchers. Now we have organizations pushing for people (but only those who look like them) to carry a gun everywhere.

    More posts from you guys, please.

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  14. Mark Jones   October 29, 2015 5:21 pm / Reply

    Remember Evan’s name from mutual friends while attending OU. Randomly stumbled upon this website while trying to pen down a different Evan (whose last name I can’t remember).

    In essence, I just want to thank you both for tackling such an important issue through your research and writing. I’m radically anti-gun but don’t have much a voice on the matter, especially while in Oklahoma. Anyways, THANK YOU.

  15. Liz   December 11, 2015 6:11 pm / Reply

    So glad to have found a site that has logical and rational explanations supporting sensible gun regulations! I get so annoyed with all the hysteria and emotional stuff on both sides. I’d love to see you expand on the whole insurrectionist theory. If you play out their little fantasy – who will be the ones that the gun-advocates will be fighting against? Our own military no? Isn’t that a losing proposition? Plus, the gun lovers are all the same people who are constantly gushing about how they love our military and how they support our military…. yet, they will kill our military if the government goes tyrannical… the mental gymnastics to play this scenario out are just astounding.

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