Is the “Good Guy with a Gun” theory valid?

Bystanders with guns can't stop attacks

Responsible gun ownership saves lives

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The bystander who shot the recent Texas shooter was unquestionably heroic, but his actions don’t offset the amount of deaths that guns cause in the United States, holds Molly Olmstead of Vice. The theory that only a “good guy” with a gun can stop a “bad guy” with a gun misunderstands the wider problem. The large amount of firearms in the country cause far more gun deaths in America than any other rich country. The Texas shooter was stopped by a hero with a rifle, but only after 26 people were already dead. The argument that arming more people would increase safety doesn’t hold water. America’s high gun rate is the root cause of all these deaths.

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The shooting at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, was a horrible tragedy, but Stephen Willeford and his rifle prevented it from becoming even worse, asserts Siraj Hashmi of Washington Examiner. The liberal response to this atrocity, calling for even harsher gun laws, ignores the facts. Willeford used his gun to stop the killer from ending more lives. If anything, this makes a case for responsible gun ownership. Perhaps if someone inside the church had been armed even more deaths could have been prevented. Willeford might have avoided a second shooting spree by taking on the killer. We need to understand, as a society, that guns aren’t the problem here.

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