The truth about Costas, Belcher and guns, by John Lott

I pointed out today on air with Doug Kellett on Talk Radio 850 WPTF, in Raleigh-Durham, NC, that the Violence Policy Center has found all of 499 killings blamed on concealed weapons holders since 2007. That’s about 100 per year. Considering there are 8 million concealed license holders in the USA, that’s 0.0000125 killings per license holder, per year. Blood in the streets? O.K. Corral shootouts?


The fact is, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens save far more lives than they cost.

And this, from John Lott:

Unfortunately, pointing to two deaths here does nothing to advance the case for gun control. Costas’ rant falls under the category of if gun control could save just one life it would be worth it. The argument makes as much sense as saying we shouldn’t have gun control if guns can save one life. The question is the net effect of guns, and what Costas ignores is that guns save a lot more lives than they cost each year. And that’s not even mentioning the roughly 2 million times a year that people use guns defensively.

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