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  1. Good Guys with Guns: The Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry
  2. The Act That Changed America's Approach to Gun Control Laws | Time
  3. People Kill People. But the Bullets Seem to Matter.
  4. Forget Disarming ‘Bad Guys,’ We Must Make All Guns Harder To Get

Their study found that people at the highest level of their scale—the ones who felt most emotionally and morally attached to their guns—were 78 percent white and 65 percent male. Both Froese and Stroud found pervasive anti-government sentiments among their study participants. Again, it reflects a hero narrative, which many white men long to feel a part of.

A white man is three times more likely to shoot himself than a black man—while the chances that a white man will be killed by a black man are extremely slight. They unfold within social networks, among people of the same race.

Good Guys with Guns: The Appeal and Consequences of Concealed Carry

A gun in the home is far more likely to kill or wound the people who live there than is a burglar or serial killer. A gun in the home makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed by her husband. For every homicide deemed justified by the police, guns are used in 78 suicides. Instead, those laws stop them from shooting themselves and each other.

What are the solutions? That and many other studies suggest that restricting the flow of guns and ammunition would certainly save lives. But no law can address the absence of meaning and purpose that many white men appear to feel, which they might be able to gain through social connection to people who never expected to have the economic security and social power that white men once enjoyed. We need to reimagine who we are in relation to each other. The views expressed are those of the author s and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.

You have free article s left. Already a subscriber? For some white leaders, the justification for gun restrictions sounded like this quote from Chicago mayor Richard J. But soon, several high-profile gun deaths proved that the power of the NRA and its members to defeat restrictive laws was not without limit.

Good Guys vs Bad Guys: The FACTS & Fallacies of Firearms

Two months later, Robert F. Kennedy was killed with a. Thirteen days after that, on June 19, , President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law a bill to ban the interstate sale and shipment of handguns. He later expanded the ban to include rifles and shotguns and instituted prohibitions against most felons and people who were found to be mentally incompetent from purchasing firearms.

That statement did not sit well with a small group of extremists inside the organization, and it would prove pivotal in transforming the NRA.


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On May 21, , a stout, bald man named Harlon Bronson Carter wrested control of the NRA from the so-called old guard that had supported the law. The old leaders did not do enough to defend the Second Amendment. They had failed to stop the Gun Control Act of They had even fired Carter and 84 other staff members in preparation for that move out west.

The Act That Changed America's Approach to Gun Control Laws | Time

The old guard, who, in the view of Carter, had not worked hard enough to defeat gun regulations, was out. The NRA as we know it today was born. Used with permission of The New Press. Copyright by Igor Volsky. Created by Grove Atlantic and Electric Literature.

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People Kill People. But the Bullets Seem to Matter.

The United States has far more gun ownership than other developed countries, and far more gun violence. In , according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , the nation had more than 33, firearms deaths: 70 percent of all homicides 11, , more than half of all suicides 21, , and hundreds of accidental and unsolved deaths. Fewer guns, better records on who has them, and some restrictions on purchase, possession and storage, gun control advocates argue, would still allow law-abiding people to have firearms, while resulting in far fewer deaths.

They contend that it is not a question of disarming the public or absolutes — most people agree that individuals should not have bazookas or machine guns — but a matter of where to draw sensible limits. While gun-rights advocates say more people armed equal a safer society, people who favor gun control say the opposite is true: the more people carry weapons, the more likely it is that an everyday dispute can escalate to lethal force. Social scientists say there is little reliable data one way or another.

Gun rights advocates, led by the National Rifle Association, form a powerful lobby that politicians fear to cross. For many of them, it is a core voting issue, a line they will not cross, which, as President Obama recently lamented, is less often true for those who want gun control.

Forget Disarming ‘Bad Guys,’ We Must Make All Guns Harder To Get

These advocates have effectively deployed the argument that after mass shootings, when emotions run high — and interest in new restrictions spikes — is not the time to debate the issue. Opponents of gun control often talk about President Obama wanting to take guns away from lawful owners, and although he has never proposed to do that, many gun owners continue to believe it.

The gun lobby has also become more unyielding in recent years. The N. Over the past generation, American politics have become more bitterly partisan, and regional divisions more rigid. As a result, gun control has become an increasingly partisan issue, with Republicans more uniformly opposed — at a time when Congress and most state houses are in Republican hands.

From Genius to Madness

The result is that in recent years, states have gone in opposing directions. Responding in many cases to the same mass shootings, some have made their gun laws stricter such as Oregon and Connecticut while about the same number including Arkansas and Georgia have made theirs weaker. In Congress and in more conservative and rural states, gun control tends to be a non-starter.

After Colorado enacted new gun controls, in , gun rights groups succeeded in recalling two Democratic state senators who had voted for the measures, including the Senate leader. In , they targeted two Democratic governors who had signed tougher gun restrictions into law, John Hickenlooper of Colorado and Dannel Malloy of Connecticut, but both were narrowly re-elected.

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