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NRA draws wrong conclusions from Boston

NRA draws wrong conclusions from Boston

In the days and weeks after the Boston Marathon bombings, the National Rifle Association has repeatedly stated that many Bostonians who did not possess guns probably wished that they had them in their homes during the tense "shelter in place" manhunt. That statement is in large part a straw-man argument. Much of what occurred during those unfortunate days disproves the NRA's usual narrative about guns and public safety.

Let's begin with the obvious: Had everyone in Boston been armed the day of the bombings, the bombings would have still occurred. The initial violence resulted from explosives hidden in common, everyday backpacks unobtrusively discarded in the crowd....