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The powerful US gun lobby has long tried to convince Americans that having more “good guys” around with guns will make everyone safer. However,  as Melinda Wenner Moyer argues in Scientific American, decades of research on gun violence fail to justify the gun lobby’s assertion. For her story, Moyer traveled to Kennesaw, Georgia – which mandates gun ownership – and to Scottsboro, Alabama – a concealed-carry mecca. She supplements her interviews with residents with a wealth of scientific studies that challenge many gun-related misconceptions. getAbstract recommends her article to those who’d like to arm themselves with arguments for gun law debates. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why gun ownership increases the risk of firearm-related death and
  • Why research on gun violence in the United States remains stymied. 

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Melinda Wenner Moyer is a contributing editor and health care specialist at Scientific American.



Many Americans buy into the notion that increasing the number of “good guys” with guns acts as a crime deterrent. The powerful US gun lobby, led by the National Rifle Association (NRA), strongly promotes this argument, and many Americans don’t question its apparent logic. Yet research data on gun violence point in a different direction. For example, a 2015 study based on data from two US federal government agencies suggests that the states with the most guns suffer almost seven times more gun assaults than those with the least. 

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