The Daily Show Completely Debunks the “Good Guy with a Gun” Lie (Video)

While most gun fanatics would disagree (which is why they’re fanatics) I consider myself fairly rational when it comes to guns. Should Americans have the right to own a gun? Sure. Do I think that right should be unabridged? Absolutely not. While gun fanatics love to use the words “shall not be infringed” when defending their right to own however many of whatever sort of gun they want, they almost never mention the very beginning of the Second Amendment that clearly reads, “A well regulated militia.”



Well regulated… as in, “the right of the people to keep and bear Arms” should be well regulated.

If you talk to most gun nuts, they tend to act as if those words don’t even exist. That or they’ll claim that a “well regulated militia” doesn’t actually mean a well regulated militia. These are many of the same people who’ll look you straight in the eye and tell you that the Confederate flag isn’t a symbol of racism and the Civil War wasn’t really about slavery.

You know, morons.

Well, today the “gun debate” is absolutely ridiculous. Hell, we can’t even close a loophole that allows suspected terrorists from being able to legally buy guns. That’s how much influence the NRA and the gun lobby have over this country and our politicians.

Not only that, but the arguments used to defend guns are completely absurd. The most common one being “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” That’s a statement which is literally predicated on the fact that the only way to stop a “bad guy with a gun” is after they’ve already potentially killed someone. Otherwise, before opening fire, these “bad guys” would be what the NRA and gun fanatics would call “good guys with guns exercising their Constitutional rights.”

Though as Jordan Klepper of The Daily Show exposed on Thursday, the entire basis for the “good guy with a gun” argument is even more absurd than most people realize.

He started off by going through the “extensive” process of becoming a “good guy with a gun” by firing a few rounds at a stationary target; passing a simple multiple choice exam; and finishing a “training course” that totaled around 8 hours. Yes, that’s all it really takes to legally carry a concealed handgun in 30 states in this country.

Reality quickly set in after Klepper visited ALERRT, a rapid respond training program that teaches law enforcement officials how to handle active shooter situations.

At ALERRT, experts taught Klepper a few facts that helped to separate myth from reality.

Reality #1: Active shooters typically don’t let you know beforehand that they’re coming, therefore most people aren’t exactly sitting around waiting for one.

Reality #2: In about 1 in 5 active shooter events, the shooter was stopped by an unarmed potential victim.

Reality #3: According to the FBI, between 2000-2013, around 3 percent of active shooting situations ended with a “good guy with a gun” stopping a “bad guy with a gun.”

To put those last two stats in another way, 20 percent of active shooting situations have been stopped by a “good guy – with no gun” versus only 3 percent of active shooting situations being stopped by a “good guy with a gun.”

So, realistically and mathematically speaking, not only is the “good guy with a gun” nonsense used by most gun fanatics mostly a myth, but reality tells us that people without guns have proven to be far more effective at disarming active shooters than those with guns.



Next up Klepper went through a fully simulated situation one might face as a “good guy with a gun” dealing with a potential active shooter hostage situation in a school. What were the results? Well, he shot one of the hostages – twice – and ended up being shot over 20 times by the shooters…  before law enforcement official showed up and shot him several more times.

Why did law enforcement officials shoot him? Because going into a school or any other active shooting situation, they have no idea how to tell a “good guy” from a “bad guy” – therefore anyone with a gun can be perceived to be a threat. To put it in another way, being a “good guy with a gun” can actually get you killed by the police. Heck, it could get you killed by other “good guys.” After all, how are these other “good guys with guns” supposed to know the difference between you and the “bad guy”?

The bottom line is, this whole “good guy with a gun” nonsense is nothing but pure propaganda. It’s rhetoric that’s been invented by the gun lobby to manipulate millions of people in this country who are delusional, paranoid and simple-minded enough to believe it. Don’t like being called delusional and simple-minded? Then don’t be delusional and simple-minded. Support common sense gun control. 

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • biloki

    That was awesome!

    • Chris D

      you are precious. Bless your heart.

  • Chris D

    23% of active shooters are stopped by civilians. 3% of the stoppages were done by civilians carrying guns.

    No one walks around with a gun. Seriously…even in Texas. You just don’t do it. Assuming that guns and fists are equally effective, this statistic suggests that 1 in 8 people carries a gun. If, as the article claims, fists are *more* effective, then about 1 in 5 or 1 in 4 people carry a gun.

    That is insane. The reality is probably closer to 1 in 1000 people carrying guns. So, assuming the number is 1 in 1000, that 1 person is as effective at stopping active shooters as 125 people without a gun.

    So either the author of this story is an absolute moron…or he is an active liar.