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Why Do People Buy Guns?

December 8, 2016 | Comments

According to new HHS secretary Tom Price, guns save lives in violent situations. Price has asserted thatguns are used more often to protect lives, not take lives” and that “Steps to remove firearms from the hands of law-abiding citizens endanger those very citizens.”

With all due respect, we, and pretty much the entire scientific community, disagree. There is in fact no evidence that gun ownership is associated with reductions in gun-related deaths. On the other hand, a wealth of concerning data show that gun ownership is strongly associated with increased risk of suicide and being the victim of homicide.

Why does this disparity between science and reality exist? There are many reasons, but we explore some of them here on Psychology Today.

Do you own a gun? Do you know someone who does? Have you ever had an argument with someone about gun ownership and the evidence surrounding it? We’d love to hear from you. Please comment below and/or contact us here.

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