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NRA Member And Gun Instructor Tears Down 'Good Guy With A Gun' Fallacy

It has long been a contention of pro-gun advocates that the best deterrent to gun violence is a well-armed citizenry, their logic being that most criminals would think twice if they knew everyone around them was "packing heat." NRA member and firearms instructor Mike Weisser, however, challenges that idea.

Weisser told Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson why he thinks gun control is such a sensitive issue:

I think that this is a defensive reaction to something that, you know, has now become kind of ingrained in American culture. What you really have is a gun-owning population which has just become convinced, from a cultural point of view, that anything negative that’s said about guns is going to end up with them not being able to own  guns.

Weisser says talk of gun control can lead many people to argue against what they believe.

According to a 2015 Pew Research Center study there is significant bipartisan support for many current gun control proposals among a majority of Americans. Between 70-85 percent of Americans are in favor of legislation expanding background checks, preventing the mentally ill from buying guns, and creating a national database of gun owners, and 57 percent support bans on assault type weapons.

In his joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe, President Trump spoke about the recent church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas. 

Trump said, "Fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction..."

Weisser considers this argument unrealistic and says it isn't a matter of simply being armed:

First of all, the idea that in a small-town Baptist Church in rural Texas, that there weren't people in the church with guns, is absurd. And why nobody jumped up with a gun is because people aren't trained to do that. And if you're sitting in a church and you're praying and, you know, it's a moment of quiet and solitude and everything else, even if you've got a gun, and somebody comes in, opens the front door and starts blasting away, you're going to do what everybody does: You're going to hit the floor.

Weisser says the biggest issue would be situational training. Armed or not, he believes most people wouldn't know how to handle themselves against an armed gunman.

Weisser authors the blog "Mike The Gun Guy." He's a controversial figure among gun enthusiasts, presumably because he doesn't believe more guns are the answer to gun violence.

Not surprisingly, the interview sparked a debate on Twitter:

H/T: Dead State, WBUR

This is one of many issues that people aren't likely to agree on anytime soon.