A new scientific study disproves the “good guys with guns” theory 

After Newtown, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun." But new research from gun experts at Mount St. Mary’s University found that when it comes to effective self-defense with a firearm, there’s a gap between gun rights rhetoric and the facts.

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This stupid ass tourist today holding a map surrounded by his family with a ugly blue shirt that read NRA in the front and KEEP CALM CARRY A GUN in the back in the middle of downtown Chicago. I wanted to punch dude so bad.

The NRA logic, and conservatives writ large, is to address problems by increasing the root of the problem. As gun violence soars, conservatives add gasoline to the fire and push for “shoot first” and “bring your gun to school/church” legislation.

A 58-year-old man opened fire Thursday (July 23) night inside a Lafayette movie theater, killing two and injuring at least seven before killing himself, officials said.

Lafayette Police Chief Jim Craft said three people were dead, including the gunman, who was described as a “lone white male.”

Craft said the status of those injured ranged from non-life-threatening to critical.

Officers responded to an “active shooter situation” at the Grand 16 on Johnston Street around 7:30 p.m. Officers heard gunshots as they entered the building, he said, and found the man dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside one of the theaters.

Craft said the man used a handgun, and investigators still were working to determine a motive. He said investigators don’t know whether the shooting was random or if the gunman had an intended target.

He said officials closed another Grand Theatre in Lafayette as a precaution.

Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson said authorities “have no reason to believe this individual acted beyond this location.”

“We believe at this point the scene is secure,” he said.

Katie Domingue told the Lafayette Daily Advertiser the shooting happened in a showing of the movie “Trainwreck.”

“We heard a loud pop we thought was a firecracker,” she said.

Domingue told the newspaper she saw “an older white man” stand up and shoot down into the theater, but not in her direction. She said she heard about six shots.

“He wasn’t saying anything,” she said. “I didn’t hear anybody screaming either.”

Clay Henry, vice president of operations for Acadian Ambulance, told the Associated Press eight of the 10 people shot were brought to the hospital. The gunman and one other person were pronounced dead at the scene, he said.

There were about 100 people in the theater at the time of the shooting, Sgt. Brooks David of the Louisiana State Police told CNN.

Americans own 42% of all guns on the planet.

By Lisa Wade, PhD

According to Vox, the U.S. has 4.43% of the world’s population and almost 42% of the world’s population of civilian-owned guns.

It’s hard to say exactly, but there may be as many guns as there are people in the U.S., or even more guns than people. Since not everyone is a gun owner, that means that the typical gun owner owns more than one. In fact, they own, on average, 6.6 guns each. Two-thirds of the guns in the U.S. are in the hands of 20% of the population. Gun manufacturers know this and market accordingly.

Gun ownership is correlated with both gun homicide and suicide. Accordingly, we also have the highest rate of gun violence of any developed country. In 2013, there were 21,175 gun suicides and 11,208 gun homicides.

This data was collected by the UNODC and compiled by the Guardian.