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