Myth: Many Americans believe guns make them and their homes safer, with more than six in ten Americans saying this.
Fact: Research suggests that firearms in the home actually increase the risk of violent death.
The United States has a long tradition of gun ownership. Aside from Second Amendment considerations, though, some have succumbed to propaganda that makes reasonable measures politically impossible. Many believe that our right to bear arms derives solely from the Founders’ desire to ensure citizens can overthrow their own government. Based on that idea, any gun control is an unconstitutional step toward tyranny. Many of these same voters also believe that gun control makes crime worse by denying law-abiding citizens the right to own guns and thereby protect themselves and their families.
But is any of this true? Does allowing people to own guns actually make society safer? And if not, what kind of regulations, if any, will actually make things better?
Since the Second Amendment was ratified in 1791, the Supreme Court has made several decisions interpreting it. The 2008 Heller decision is a drastic departure from previous Supreme Court rulings on the right to keep and bear arms and the meaning of “well-regulated militia.”read more
Gun rights advocates say that the Second Amendment exists to allow militias to prevent the country from being taken over by a tyrant. However, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers show that the founding fathers had a very different interpretation of the purpose of the militia.read more
Gun rights advocates argue that the Supreme Court’s Heller decision was a victory for them. But a closer reading of the decision, including the words of Justice Antonin Scalia, reveals that it was actually a victory for gun violence prevention advocates.read more
October 1, 2017 was a tragic day for Americans. It was the day that 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of Las Vegas concertgoers—killing 58 people and wounding nearly 500 others. It set a record for deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S....read more
It's interesting to think about why the Founders needed the Second Amendment when the power of Congress to organize the Militia was written in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution: "To provide for calling forth the Militia to execute the Laws of the Union,...read more
Myth: More than six in ten Americans say guns make homes safer. Fact: Research suggests that firearms in the home actually increase the risk of violent death. The United States has a venerable tradition of gun ownership, but Americans are also justified in being...read more