Some Americans think the answer to the nation's gun problems is more guns in the hands of civilians, for self-defense purposes.

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Explaining America's Love Affair With Guns

February 16, 2017

When we talk about America’s gun culture and self-defense, one line of reasoning we hear a lot is that the best way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

As President Donald Trump put it at a campaign event in January of last year:  “You know what a gun-free zone is to a sicko? That’s bait. That’s like gun-free zone and then they walk in with whatever the hell they’re carrying...I will get rid of gun-free zones in schools, and on military first day it gets signed. There’s no more gun-free zones.”

The origins of our self-defense attitudes and laws — and who actually benefits from them — is the subject of Caroline Light’s new book "Stand Your Ground: A History of America’s Love Affair with Lethal Self-Defense." Light will be at the Harvard Bookstore tonight at 7:00. 

To hear her interview, tune in to Boston Public Radio above.


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