The question is why? Gun ownership has always been ubiquitous in the United States.
Yet, such stories never get national news coverage by the national mainstream media.
Thus, the majority of the researchers show a close connection of stereotypes with a huge influence of the mass media, forming the relation to the world, the behavior of the acts of their “heroes”, created by the press, radio, or television. Throughout our lives, we have heroes in our imagination. Many of them are provided to us readymade by the commercial mass media. One of the first for me was Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. Very, very poorly. Sports heroes, pollitical icons and movie stars rarely merit the adulation of young people. Humanity, American popular culture seems to love building people up, only to expose their frailities and tear them down then the long.
While accidental gunshots get national coverage, few people have any idea how often concealed handgun permit holders stopping mass killings. The lack of news coverage allows left wing media outlets, such as Mother Jones which should know better, to falsely claim: They forced the gunman to put down his rifle without them having to fire a shot.
More than three weeks ago, on a Friday night, an Uber driver stopped a man who opened fire into a group of people on a Logan Square busy sidewalk. Last year, gang members were angered when a woman removed a cup of liquor that one of the gang members had placed on top of her car.
The gang members opened fire on four people who had just left a party.
But luckily one of the four was in the military and who had a permitted concealed handgun. That permit holder was able to wound one of the gang members and allow his friends to escape. Fortunately, a psychiatrist, Lee Silverman, had his own gun and returned fire, hitting Plotts three times and critically wounding him.
After Plotts was killed, he still had 39 bullets on him, bullets that he could have used to shoot many other people. Other recent cases involve permit holders stopping shootings in malls, churches, stores, down city streets, and outside courthouses.
Permit holders have stopped knife attacks as well as attacks with guns and bombs. They have saved police officers lives in these attacks, such as a case in Early, Texas. Even when dramatic cases get news coverage there is often only one story mentioning a permit holder stopped the attack.
The website for the Crime Prevention Research Center, where I serve as president, has a list of cases. Between stopping attempted mass shootings or scaring off potential attackers, there is a reason why, with a couple of exceptions, all the mass public shootings in the U.
Of course, the unwillingness of the media to give cases where mass killings have been stopped news coverage is only part of the story.
The gun debate would be dramatically different if the national media carried even some of these dramatic stories. Covering these cases would not only give these heroes the recognition they deserve, it would also give potential killers second thoughts before they attack.
He is an economist and was formerly chief economist at the United States Sentencing Commission.
Lott is also a leading expert on guns and op-eds on that issue are done in conjunction with the Crime Prevention Research Center. He is the author of nine books including "More Guns, Less Crime.
Follow him on Twitter johnrlottjr.Mass media and culture tried to take news to a national level. This improvement helped inform citizens of the events that happened throughout the country. Do you think that popular heroes of the 's were heroes in a real sense?
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