Phil Goldsmith

Opinion, Philadelphia Inquirer

Hiring more police is expensive, but there are other ways to keep guns away from “bad” people.

When Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” he was really onto something.

That is, if he recognizes there are two sides of his equation. You can increase the number of “good” guys like cops on the street, or you can reduce the number of “bad” guys who get their hands on guns. Of course, you can do both.

Hiring more police takes lots of money, something local, state, and federal governments lack these days. But the NRA could lobby for far less costly measures that would make guns less accessible to the “bad” guys. Here are a few:

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