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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dave Kopel: Want to Stop Mass Shootings? Get More Guns in Right Hands

Independence Institute Director of Research Dave Kopel and attorney Joseph Greenlee had this op/ed in The Hill earlier this week that makes the case for allowing people to carry firearms.  They use what happened in the recent London Bridge attacks and several mass shootings in the U.S. to make their point:
Mass killers often select targets because of the absence of armed defenders at the scene. The Aurora theater murderer selected a “gun-free” theater, which forbade licensed handgun carry by its patrons. He had chosen not to attack an airport because of “substantial security.” The Santa Barbara murderer decided against attempting a massacre at a public Halloween party because “there were too many cops” and “one gunshot from a cop will end everything.” The Charleston church murderer abandoned his original target, the College of Charleston, “because of the security.” The Los Angeles Jewish Community Center murderer passed on three other Jewish institutions because the “security was too tight.” In Detroit, a would-be ISIS murderer, who was stopped before he could execute his plan, targeted a large church since “people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

The United Kingdom could reduce the toll of terrorist attacks by arming and training all police officers, instead of just a select few. The result would be more jihadis stopped after 80 seconds instead of 480 seconds—a life or death difference.
Kopel was on to discuss the piece in more detail after it was published.

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