Only way to stop bad guys with guns is with good guys with guns.
Via the Dallas News:
The fact that a bystander armed with his own rifle chased and shot at the perpetrator in Sutherland Springs crucially transforms the terrain of the political interpretation of the shootings.
The presence of an armed citizen "shooting in the opposite direction," as President Donald Trump put it in the hours after the killings, activates partisan attitudes about guns in Texas that advocates and political leaders can use to stifle discussion of adding even the mildest restrictions to guns. That's because the thought that the best antidote to gun violence is good people with guns resonates sufficiently with the right audience of Republicans.
Broadly speaking, this good-guy-with-a-gun approach to prevent mass shootings comes from hybrid roots that include diffuse but questionable readings of history projected onto the present by political leaders, decisively debunked social science research, and, of course, a nontrivial but also nonrepresentative set of anecdotes. The essence of the proposition is simple: The best thing for stopping a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
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