If armed citizens firing back can cut the 90 seconds into 20 seconds, how many lives does that save?

On April 1 The Atlantic published a column claiming armed law-abiding citizens undercut the rule and put police officers in greater danger.

The Atlantic tried to substantiate these claims by suggesting guns outside the home, via concealed and/or open carry, actually lead to “social consequences” where “citizens must…fear their armed neighbors.” This, in turn, lowers the threshold for acceptable insults–filling citizens with worry that if they say the wrong thing in the worst way their armed neighbors will simply open fire.

Moreover, The Atlantic says this tension is heightened when Stand Your Ground laws are passed in addition concealed or open carry laws. Once this happens, you have to ask what you’re going to do “if you become a target for would-be George Zimmermans?”

The Atlantic then turns to the NRA’s argument that Americans’ safety is ultimately the responsibility of each individual American. The publication mocks the NRA’s contention that we live in a dangerous world where “the government can’t–or won’t–protect you,” by suggesting the police really do arrive pretty fast–relatively speaking–once you dial 911.

They try to back this up claiming “police arrived on the Aurora movie theater 90 seconds after being called.”

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