Debunking some common myths about gun violence
Myth: Owning a gun makes you safer
Fact: Owning a gun puts you at heightened risk for gun violence
•Guns intended for self-defense often cause fatal accidents.
•A woman in a home with a history of domestic violence and access to a gun is 500% more likely to be killed.
Myth: The only thing that stops a bad buy with a gun is a good guy with a gun
Fact: Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter
• An FBI study of 160 active-shooting incidents from 2000 to 2013 found that only one was stopped by an individual with a valid firearms permit. In contrast, 21 incidents were stopped by unarmed citizens.
•According to a CAP analysis of a National Crime Victimization Survey, guns are almost twice as likely to be stolen than to be used for self-defense in home robbery.
Myth: Gun laws do not work because criminals do not follow the law
Fact: Gun laws are effective at reducing gun violence
•A 2016 CAP study found that the 10 states with the weakest gun laws have an aggregate level of gun violence that is more than three times higher than the 10 states with the strongest gun laws.
•Two studies by the John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health demonstrated the impact of permit-to-purchase laws that include a background check requirement. When Connecticut implemented this law, gun homicides in the state fell 40 percent. When Missouri repealed a similar law, gun homicides in that state rose 25 percent.