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It's been exactly a year since gun lover and business manager of the popular YouTube show FPSRussia Keith Ratliff was found dead in Carnesville, Georgia of a single bullet wound in the head. Ratliff was reportedly surrounded by several guns, but not the gun that killed him. Ratliff's show which featured his friend Kyle Myers showing off the fire power of weapons and triggering explosions while faking a Russian accent, were viewed millions of times.



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Two months after the death the Georgia Bureau of Investigation said it was pursuing leads but by September had not reported an arrest or suspect. How could someone surrounded by guns be murdered, if in fact Ratliff was murdered? "For him not to pull out that gun and try to defend himself, he had to feel comfortable around somebody," his brother Kelly Ratliff told ABC News affiliate WSB-TV. "Either that or he was ambushed."

Ratliff's death came exactly one month before another inexplicable death of a well-armed and trained person. On February 2, 2013, Chris Kyle, a Navy SEAL known as the most lethal sniper in American military history, was killed at the Rough Creek Ranch-Lodge-Resort shooting range in Erath County, Texas along with his companion, Chad Littlefield. Charged in the shootings was a 25-year-old fellow veteran Marine Eddie Ray Routh, whom Kyle and Littlefield had purportedly taken to the gun range.

And last week, Frank Petro, longtime owner of Frank's Gun & Taxidermy Shop was killed at his dealership in Conemaugh, PA. Police have charged Jack Edmundson in the slaying who said he had been shot and wounded by Petro, but he was able to get Petro's gun and allegedly return fire, lethally.

When asked about the contradiction of highly armed and trained shooters not being able to defend themselves despite their arms, gun lovers offer a cascade of mewing defenses. Maybe it was a surprise attack, they say. Maybe the shooter came up behind them. Maybe they weren't paying attention. Maybe they knew the shooter. As if these situations wouldn't happen with any assault.

The "sun was in their eyes" excuses that gun lovers grasp at when heavily armed people can't defend themselves show the fundamental fallacy of armed protection. Weapons keep you safe from bad guys unless there is an element of surprise, unless the assailant is behind you and unless the assailant is someone you know. Then, they may actually make things worse. Being shot by someone you know is the reason a firearm in the home heightens the chance of getting killed, especially women assaulted by violent domestic husbands and boyfriends.

There is clear and continual evidence that being armed is no protection against "bad guys," and sometimes escalates violence like three women recently killed with their own guns. But gun extremists would rather crow about the danger of "gun-free" zones than how guns have offered no protection in extremely gun-friendly zones like gun shops and firing ranges.

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Martha Rosenberg is an award-winning investigative public health reporter who covers the food, drug and gun industries. Her first book, Born With A Junk Food Deficiency: How Flaks, Quacks and Hacks Pimp The Public Health, is distributed by Random (more...)
 

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Well, yeah; armed individuals are not much safer a... by B. Ross Ashley on Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 10:57:35 PM
It must have been in the late seventies that the l... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 6, 2014 at 11:02:59 PM
Funny--I miss Mike Royko, He always found stories ... by Martha Rosenberg on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:21:34 AM
"It kind of makes you wonder why the NRA doesn't ... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:16:57 AM
It's kind of hard to aim a drowning at someone, th... by J. Edward Tremlett on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:37:32 AM
OK, John.  So put a sign on  your door s... by Robert James on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 9:28:40 AM
Oh, but there are weapons in my home, including f... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 5:07:44 PM
So the sign should say there are no accessible fir... by Robert James on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:45:38 PM
I wrote a rebuttal of your comment, but seeing it ... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 9:35:54 AM
Another hypothesis: Live by the sword and die by t... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 10:20:46 AM
And most of the deaths by guns every year are just... by Nick Memphis on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:09:53 PM
Got it, so these people would be alive if they did... by Nick Memphis on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:03:55 PM
I would prefer to look forward to a civilization w... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:38:05 PM
You fail to realize some liked the wild west and ... by Bill Johnson on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 4:19:26 PM
You need to study history.  we a not John Way... by Mary B Newkirk on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 7:46:33 PM
You need to study history.  we a not John Way... by Mary B Newkirk on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 7:47:57 PM
Mary, I think we've morphed more into a Matt Damo... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 8:31:26 AM
"You fail to realize some liked the wild west and ... by J. Edward Tremlett on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:13:52 PM
BJ, I personally think it's wonderful to have ali... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 6:01:31 PM
too true. Go speak the truth on any number of cons... by J. Edward Tremlett on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 6:06:27 PM
So what you are saying is that only one opinion is... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 10:10:37 AM
Nope. Just reporting the news, which you should kn... by J. Edward Tremlett on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 11:39:59 AM
Why is it that when those on the right feel that t... by John Sanchez Jr. on Monday, Jan 13, 2014 at 11:45:30 AM
Well, Daniel, I'm curious what studies you're refe... by Robert James on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 3:55:46 PM
Robert, I assure you that I can't recall the past... by Daniel Geery on Thursday, Jan 9, 2014 at 5:56:57 PM
Absolutely! Orlando has been very successful in t... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 10:13:47 AM
Maybe Ratliff, Kyle and Petro needed more guns ... by Martha Rosenberg on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 1:32:42 PM
Let's imagine a gun free world. What will dete... by KurtB on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 5:40:54 PM
Nick, upon further thought, I felt I should add a... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 3:53:18 PM
Why not put on your website what you honestly fee... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:34:08 AM
The second amendment is not about hunting, it's ab... by Nick Memphis on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:24:11 PM
I'm not arguing to send guns anywhere. If you stu... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:38:24 PM
And what is your point Martha? Cops - presumably t... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Jan 7, 2014 at 9:35:42 PM
Cops have been doing pretty much all that politici... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:33:34 PM
Abstract The purpose of the present study is t... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 2:21:10 AM
Until very recently, Illinois was the only state w... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 8:29:16 AM
Click on the first word 'Abstract' for more on the... by Natalie Oberman on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 6:12:12 PM
Am I to assume that you paid the $39.00 to view th... by John Sanchez Jr. on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 10:18:59 PM
I honestly feel what I said in both places. For th... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:29:59 PM
P.S. This was in reply to Natalie above. Don't kno... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Jan 8, 2014 at 1:31:00 PM
Fantastic news! In Florida adult law-abiding citi... by Bill Johnson on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 11:27:45 AM
I have come to believe we should all carry nukes i... by Daniel Geery on Sunday, Jan 12, 2014 at 12:46:41 PM
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