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Thomas Sowell currently serves as Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute. He is known as an author, economist, political philosopher and social theorist. 

Sometimes someone inadvertently performs a public service by bringing an unbelievably stupid and dangerous idea to the surface, where it can be exposed for what it is. The New York Times can be credited — if that is the word — with performing this public service in a recent editorial against proposals to allow law-abiding citizens to carry concealed guns.

They refer to what they call the National Rifle Association’s “fantasy that citizens can stand up to gunmen by shooting it out.”

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Nobody has suggested any such thing. Data collected over many years — but almost never seeing the light of day in The New York Times — show many thousands of examples of people defending themselves with a gun each year, without having to pull the trigger.

If someone comes at you with a knife and you pull out a gun, chances are they will stop. The only time I ever pointed a gun at a human being, it was when someone was sneaking up toward me from behind a shed in the middle of the night. I never fired a shot. I just pointed the gun at him and told him to stop. He stopped.

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