On NPR’s 1A to discuss “Do Guns Really Make Us Safer?”

Oct 9, 2017 | Featured

Dr. John Lott joined Kris Brown, co-president of the Brady Campaign, and John Donohue from the Stanford Law School to discuss the “Do Guns Really Make Us Safer?”  NPR carries 1A on 213 different public radio stations across the country.  The discussion was a little lopsided as Brown and Donohue were on the same side of the issue, the host also only challenged Dr. Lott on issues such as background checks, and most of the personal stories reflected the political views of your typical NPR listener.

The audio of the show is available here.

(Monday, October 9, 2017, from 10:05 to 11:00 AM)

Regarding points raised during the discussion.

How many “children” die from accidental gunshots?  From the CDC data on accidental gun deaths.

What about Donohue’s claim that he made multiple times during the discussion that “there is no evidence of any benefits” from people carrying concealed handguns?  There are 24 published peer-reviewed papers that show a benefit from people carrying concealed handguns.

NCVS victimization rate data are below,  Including people who were present when the attack occurs, which Dr. Lott included because it is relevant to people who could have used a gun to stop an attack, increases this further.