The Daily Show perfectly shoots down the ‘good guy with a gun’ theory

Organizations like The NRA and GOP have long promoted the “good guy with a gun” theory, claiming that the world would be a safer if more “good” people had more guns.

Organizations like The NRA and GOP have long promoted the “good guy with a gun” theory, claiming that the world would be a safer if more “good” people had more guns.

Earlier in the week, combat veterans stood up to debunk that claim and The Daily Show’s correspondent, Jordan Klepper, hilariously shot down the popular slogan again.

Klepper demonstrated how easy it was to buy a gun and gain a conceal carry permit. In the segment, he first bought a stamp, submitted a conceal carry permit to Florida, and took an NRA gun safety course. Despite holding the gun sideways and joking around with the instructor, he passed the gun safety demonstration, take a a six-page test and was able to obtain the permit.

Klepper went to an A.L.E.R.R.T. (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) program, where he had to complete a simulation of an active shooter situation using paintballs, which resulted in Klepper being instantly shot in each trial. The instructor concluded that Klepper could legally to obtain a conceal carry permit even though he failed miserably in the simulation.

Also read: Combat veterans shoot down the NRA: ‘Good guy with a gun’ is based on a ‘fantasy world’

An FBI report stated that the real “good guys” that stopped active shooters are usually unarmed civilians. In fact, only 3% of active shooters have been stopped by a proverbial “good guy with a gun.”

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    December 11, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    See, the flaw in the gun control proponents’ argument is that California already has some of the most stringent gun control laws in the country (much like Detroit, another bastion of safety thanks to gun control!). But here we are with San Bernadino.

    In the entire decade of the 1960’s there was one incident of mass shooting (the Uof T tower sniper). In the ’70’s, there were 3 incidents. But the trend has been rising decade by decade – even though in the 60’s and 70’s there were hardly any gun control laws.

    So it ain’t about gun control. It’s about individuals who have an ax to grind for some reason. I think the shooters fall into two categories nowadays – those who are “mad as hell” about something, and more recently those who decide to join the jihad against the west (a relatively new occurrence).

    For the latter, perhaps the only solution is to utterly demolish the global terrorist networks (no small feat, but these zealots will not be hugged or talked into submission so killing them is pretty much going to be the only way). But for the former group, I get the sense it’s related to how US society over the past few decades has veered toward “improving self esteem” and “not hurting feelings” (e.g. – everyone gets a medal at the soccer game – there are no ‘winners’). This misguided approach has left us with a generation or two who genuinely feel they are “special” and, for some tiny percentage of them, not getting what they want they go beyond reasonable measures and go on a killing spree. Witness the cases of high school kids in the past year who knifed their ex-girlfriends for not going to prom with them (I recall two separate cases of that a few months ago).

    So gun control just doesn’t work, and won’t work without people (all of us) thinking and behaving more maturely. But it sure does make ya feel good to bray about how there are too many guns, right? Facts be damned.

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    Mike Davis

    December 12, 2015 at 5:05 am

    There are always apologists for high capacity weapons. It has been proven both statistically and logically that gun control does work to reduce gun deaths. It’s impossible to eliminate them all together, but witness the stats from Australia, the UK, and other countries with responsible gun laws and no gun lobby..

    Gun laws would indeed have worked for San Bernadino, if military weapons had been unavailable. You can’t look at the final link in any chain and know where the weakest one is.

    We cannot own Claymore mines to protect our property, we cannot own rocket launchers or hand grenades or any other items of military grade destruction. No one needs an AK-47 or AR-15 or Uzi. They are not “sporting” weapons, they have no legitimate use in hunting and they are poor target weapons designed more for rapid fire than accuracy.

    No one has advocated taking guns away from responsible owners. We need to make it almost impossible for bad guys with guns to obtain them so we can forget about the myth of good guys with guns.

    The U.S. is being held hostage by a small percentage of gun fetish fanatics. Let’s take a national vote on the definition of “militia,”, shall we?

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