An increase in private gun ownership does NOT decrease crime rates – it actually makes your home more dangerous.
In this interview from The Young Turks, Cenk Uygur talks with Kyle Coplen, founder of the Armed Citizen Project, and ACP participants Cindy Guaman and Maureen McDonald. The ACP aims to supply Houston citizens with firearms and train them to use those weapons in order to test whether having more armed private owners positively affects the city’s crime rate. The project focuses on giving guns to single women who feel unsafe and want another way to defend themselves. Coplen argues that waiting for the police is often not a good enough option.
“What is someone to do in that 30 minutes it takes for an officer to get there?” Coplen asks. “You are on your own at that time. The people that think that there shouldn’t be private ownership of guns, they’re simply pro-rapist, in my opinion.”
Unfortunately, statistics show that having that gun in your possession makes you less safe.
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Photo: Stephen Fry and Carrie Fisher, text: Both successful actors. Both diagnosed with bi-polar disorder.
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Photo: Abraham Lincoln, text: 16th President of the United States. Ended slavery. Suffered from recurrent depression and suicidal thoughts.
Photo: Florence Nightingale, text: Founder of modern nursing and social reformer. Heard voices, had symptoms consistent with bi-polar disorder, and accomplished most of her great works from her bed.
Photo: Dr. John Nash, text: Won the Nobel Prize for his work in mathematics. Diagnosed with schizophrenia.
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