Why More Guns Results in Less Crime

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One of the things that I want you to talk about with your research and academic journals that you've written on this topic, the book that you've written on this topic, the concept of more guns, somebody got upset with me on Twitter the other day, and they said, so your argument is you want more guns and that's going to solve the problem. And I said, of course I do. And we were talking about this before the break, but I want you to continue, John, and tell us why more guns make more sense. Look, just as you can deter criminals with higher rest rates or higher conviction rates for longer prison sentences, the fact that a victim might be able to defend themselves also makes it riskier for criminals to go and commit crimes. And if my research convinces me of anything, there are two groups of people who tend to benefit the most from having guns and they tend to be some of the most vulnerable people in our society. They are the people who are most likely victims of violent crime and that overwhelmingly tends to be poor blacks who live in high crime urban areas. They look, if anybody's read my academic research, they know that I think that the police are the single most important factor for reducing crime, but the police themselves understand that they virtually always arrive on the crime scene after the crimes committed. And that raises the question about what people should do when they're having to confront a criminal by themselves. And simply telling them to behave passively, isn't very good advice. They're much more likely to be

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