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Fact Check: More Guns Won’t Prevent Mass Shootings

There’s no evidence that more guns can reduce gun violence broadly

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    Trump on Texas Shooting: 'Thoughts and Prayers' With Victims

    President Donald Trump addressed the press Sunday, speaking about the deadly mass shooting in Texas that left more than two dozen people dead. (Published Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017)

    In the wake of another mass shooting, this time at a church in Texas, which killed 26 and injured 20, a Texas official repeated a similar argument on how the violence can be curbed: Good guys with guns stop bad guys with guns.

    It's the same line the National Rifle Association has been pushing since the Newtown shooting in 2012, when the group's 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," NBC News reported. 

    In Texas, an armed neighbor did indeed confront the Texas gunman and, along with another neighbor, chased him for 11 miles before the gunman’s car crashed after he shot himself.

    But there’s no evidence that more guns can reduce gun violence broadly, said Daniel Webster, Director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.

    Texas Officials: Church Shooter Had 'Mission and Purpose'

    [NATL] Texas Law Enforcement: Church Shooter Had 'Mission and Purpose'

    The gunman who killed 26 at a Texas church had a “mission” and a “purpose,” law enforcement officials said. The gunman was shot twice before shooting himself in the head, officials said.

    (Published Monday, Nov. 6, 2017)