Researcher Says Guns Overrated As Protection

10.13.09 | FL News Team

A University of Pennsylvania researcher says guns don't do a good job of protecting those who possess them from being shot in an assault. Charles Branas says the risk actually goes up by four times or more. A controversial study by Branas, published in the current issue of the "American Journal of Public Health," randomly chose more than 670 victims from almost 35-hundred shootings in Philadelphia between 2003 and 2006. Branas says having guns could embolden people to stand up to attackers and put themselves at risk. He says people also could be having their firearms turned on them.