Gun ownership was on trial at FreedomFest 2019, an annual festival where smart and open-minded people get together to exchange ideas and debate hot-button topics.
Economist John Lott Jr. was charged with defending the 2A. Who better, right?
In highlights from the mock trial embedded above, you can watch Lott destroy the anti-gun opposition. (One poor girl got shellacked pretty good. She had no idea that the stat she cited during the proceedings was completely bogus. Lott set her straight.)
If you don’t have time to watch the entire 20-minute video there are a few main takeaways:
- Gun control harms vulnerable people the most, including poor blacks, women and the elderly.
- When countries ban guns, murder rates always go up
- Mass public shootings almost always occur in places where citizens cannot lawfully carry firearms
- Per capita, Finland, France, and Belgium have more deaths from mass public shootings than the U.S.
Another interesting part of Lott’s presentation was police response times for imminent threats in major U.S. cities:
For anyone who vehemently opposes gun ownership, those numbers (16 mins in Detroit – WOW!) should be eye-opening!
In fact, that data is probably the simplest and most direct way to get a non-gun owner to contemplate his or her first firearm purchase.
As we in the 2A community often say, “When seconds count, the police are minutes away.”