by Richard A. Epstein
Hoover Institution
July 02, 2014
Gun violence today is in no way worse than it has been at previous periods in history, and has in fact declined along with other forms of crime. Nonetheless, it remains a serious concern. Some have proposed that better state and federal prosecution might deter potential mass shooters, yet the consequences that prosecution offers are unlikely to have any effect on irrational, often suicidal actors. Better gun registration may keep guns out of the hands of criminals, but not the hands of people with clean records – which many mass shooters have. So what can be done? One solution involves calling for more guns, not less, in the general population. Mass killers owe part of their success to the fact that they face no armed resistance – thus, allowing trained citizens to carry weapons creates an opportunity for them to stop a madman before he takes others down with him.

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