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ELECTORETTE PODCAST | EPISODE THIRTY-FOUR

Myth vs. Fact: the Gun Lobby’s Favorite Talking Points DEBUNKED

Dr. Ruth Defoster, professor and author of "Terrorizing the Masses," walks through the myths around the causes and solutions to America's gun violence epidemic and debunks NRA and GOP talking points. We discuss gun laws and violence in Chicago, the role of mental illness and video games in mass shootings, as well as, the predictable patterns that nearly all mass shooters exhibit. We also discuss recent shootings including, Parkland, the recent police shooting of Antwon Rose, and the shooting at the Capital Gazette.

1.

Myth: Owning a gun makes you Safer
Fact: Owning a gun puts you at a greater risk for gun violence

2.

Myth: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun
Fact: Armed citizens rarely successfully intervene to stop an active shooter

3.

Myth: Mass shooters specifically target gun-free zones
Fact: A small percentage of mass shootings occur in locations where guns are prohibited

4.

Myth: Gun laws do not work because criminals do not follow the law
Fact: Gun laws are effective at reducing gun violence

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Myth: We don't need new laws, we just have to enforce the ones we have
Fact: 

6.

Myth: Violent video games cause mass shootings
Fact: 

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Myth: There's nothing we can do about mass shootings
Fact: 

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Myth: Mass shooters just "snap."
Fact: 

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Myth: Violent video games cause mass shootings
Fact: 

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Myth: Bullying cases mass shootings
Fact: 

EPISODE DETAILS & RESOURCES

Dr. Ruth Defoster, professor and author of "Terrorizing the Masses," walks through the myths around the causes and solutions to America's gun violence epidemic and debunks NRA and GOP talking points. We discuss gun laws and violence in Chicago, the role of mental illness and video games in mass shootings, as well as, the predictable patterns that nearly all mass shooters exhibit. We also discuss recent shootings including, Parkland, the recent police shooting of Antwon Rose, and the shooting at the Capital Gazette.

Terrorizing the Masses: : Identity, Mass Shootings, and the Media Construction of Terror amzn.to/2ud4Hf2