Gun control advocates claim that taking guns off the street reduces crime, while gun rights advocates maintain that, as NRA head Wayne LaPierre said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” So who’s right and who’s wrong?
A University of Houston graduate student says he’s conducting a study to answer just that question. Kyle Coplen, founder of the Armed Citizens Project, says he is giving away 20 shotguns to residents in high crime areas to determine the impact that guns have on crime rates.
“Gun-control advocates often argue that an increase in guns in an area will lead to an increase in crime, while gun-rights advocates often believe that fewer guns result in more crime. While both sides often argue that their opponents policies will result in more crime, gun-control proponents have largely been the victors when it comes to policy implementation,” the website explains. “Pro-gun activists have largely been content to simply fend off new potential gun control laws. It is my opinion that gun-rights activists must take the offensive, and actively encourage the increased presence of defensive weapons in society. Both sides believe that their policies will result in less crime, and it is about time that our side begins to act with the conviction and courage that it will take to win the debate.”
The group also says that it has strict guidelines for who will receive the free shotguns.