Defensive Gun Ownership is Irrational – The Standard Model Part 4 (Light Over Heat #45)

This video continues my ongoing series systematizing the dominant academic approach to understanding Gun Culture 2.0, what I call “The Standard Model of Explaining the Irrationality of Defensive Gun Ownership.”

Here I engage the 4th of the model’s 5 points: Based on the first 3 points, defensive gun ownership is IRRATIONAL.

Links to the first four videos in the series are below.

In this video, I highlight a 1969 book by George Newton and Frank Zimring called Firearms and Violence in American Life. It is one of my Top 10 books on guns in America and expresses in kernel form much of what the public health approach to guns argues today.

I also mention Kellermann and Reay’s very early assessment of guns as a risk factor and conclusion concerning the irrationality of defensive gun ownership, “Protection or Peril?,” published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1986.

Last, I again cite an article by David Studdert and his colleagues from the Annals of Internal Medicine in June 2022, “Homicide Deaths Among Adult Cohabitants of Handgun Owners in California, 2004 to 2016: A Cohort Study.”

The previous four videos in this series follow.

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