ATLANTA (WXIA) -- As the gun control debate continues, the same two
arguments will continue to be heard. On the one side, guns are the only
way to prevent future violence. On the other, a proliferation of guns
can only mean more violence.
But what does the research show?
"Both sides have theoretically sound arguments, but we just don't
have the data to support which side is valid," said Georgia State Criminology professor Dean Dabney.
"We pull what data we have available to analyze, but all the
academics would agree that they're not the best measures. We have to do
Dabney said most current studies being done on guns are funded by
pro-gun or anti-gun groups. There's very little unbiased research
available. He said the best research ended when federal funding was
stopped. Now that President Obama signed an executive order allowing it
again, there is hope for new numbers.
"I can think of no other subject out there that costs us as much
money, as many lives and as much grief that we know less about," Dabney
Marc McAfee, WXIA