I’m sharing another John Lott video this week because I feel like it’s a win-win for everyone involved. You learn something new, I learn something new and Dr. Lott gets more exposure for the yeoman’s work he does at the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC).
Not familiar with CPRC? It’s a nonprofit that conducts “research on laws regulating the ownership or use of guns, crime, and public safety.” Dr. Lott is the president of CPRC in addition to being a renowned economist, a celebrated author, and former college professor.
In the video embedded above, simply titled, “Hollywood’s Bias Against Guns,” Dr. Lott hits it out of the park in exposing Tinseltown’s disdain for responsible gun ownership using clips from popular TV shows and movies. Some of the clips are so ridiculous that one can’t help but laugh out loud.
Like the depicted scene from Taken on NBC where two cops are walking into a gun-free zone and opt to leave their guns outside the premises.
“You sure about this no guns thing?” the one cop asks the other.
“Bad guys won’t have them either,” he replies.
LMAO! That’s really what the exchange was. Talk about a willful suspension of disbelief! LOL! Of course, one can’t be all that surprised considering the network the show appeared* on — the peacock station. (*Note the use of past tense. The show was canceled in May of 2018 after 2 seasons. I wonder why?)
The truth of the matter, as Lott points out, is that 94 percent of all mass public shootings occur in places where law-abiding citizens are explicitly prohibited from bearing arms. Leaving their firearms outside the building is about the dumbest thing those characters on Taken could do. Gun-free zones are soft targets. Everyone should know that by now, even screenwriters living in La-La Land.
Anyway, I highly recommend you watch the video and share this article. Some of the CPRC broad-strokes are covered below but the video is only 5 minutes long and totally worth your time.
MYTH: Guns are more likely to do harm than good.
REALITY: Guns are used at least hundreds of thousands of times a year for self-defense, far more often than they do harm.
MYTH: Police want citizens to avoid guns.
REALITY: Police know that armed citizens deter criminals and reduce crime.
MYTH: Criminals often use machine gun to outgun cops
REALITY: Machine guns have been banned for decades, and there have been just two cases of machine guns being used for murder since the 1930s.
MYTH: Gun owners are often bigoted vigilantes who do more harm than good
REALITY: Gun owners, and neighborhood watch programs, have been shown to reduce crime rates.
MYTH: “Gun-free zones” successfully disarm criminals
REALITY: Criminals ignore gun-free zones while good people generally obey the law, turning them into sitting ducks. When good people carry guns anyway, they’ve often stopped mass shootings. In all these cases, Hollywood bias endangers lives by misleading people on guns.
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