No, we won’t be safer if we all go buy guns. Here’s the data.

-HUFFINGTON POST, 20 JANUARY 2016, FEAT. PROF. SETH STOUGHTON:

Sheriffs across the country have a message to their constituents: If you have a gun, carry it—your country needs you.

In the aftermath of the terror attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, California, the Washington Post reports that county sheriffs across the United States are calling upon their citizens to serve as “the first line of defense” against crime. One sheriff in Wisconsin wants “as many law-abiding citizens to arm themselves in this country as we can get,” while another in Florida declared that “it’s more important to have a gun in your hand than a cop on the phone.” With American anxiety over terrorism as a top U.S. problem jumping from three percent to 16 percent in just one month since the Paris and San Bernardino tragedies, it’s not hard to understand why law enforcement authorities are looking to soothe feelings of helplessness among their constituents. <Read More>