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‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution to Mass Shootings

Thomas Massie and John R. Lott Jr., National Review

The evidence shows no benefits from red-flag laws. Looking at data from 1970 through 2017, these laws had no significant effect on murder, suicide, mass-public-shooting fatalities, robbery, aggravated assault, or burglary. These laws do not save lives. As a whole, the rest of the world has much higher murder rates from mass public shootings than does the U.S. (including major European countries). Everyone wants to stop mass public shooters. But we haven’t previously punished people on the basis of little more than a hunch, without any specific guidelines in place. Stopping “future crimes” didn’t work in the movies, and it doesn’t work in real life.

https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/08/red-flag-laws-are-the-wrong-solution-to-mass-shootings/