I see it constantly, especially in the wake of some tragic event that involves a firearm - cries for gun bans and/or stricter gun laws. This won't solve anything....
Outlawing/banning guns won't solve the problem. Here are just a few reasons why:
A gun may be a somewhat convenient method of causing havoc, it is far from the only method. These alternatives come to mind:
* 5 Gallon Can of Gas and a Bic Lighter (cheaper, easier to get than a firearm)
* Chainsaw (cheaper, easier to get than a firearm)
* Any large construction vehicle
* Any motorized vehicle (easier to get than a firearm)
In fact the last one is responsible for many more deaths per year than firearms. By far.
Outlawing / banning guns will likely have the following results:
Folks will "hoard" their current firearms rather than turn them in (historical reference: Prohibition).
Spur the growth of a black market firearms industry (same result happen when Prohibition was enacted)
Gun related deaths will NOT decrease - and deaths from murder, cases of aggravated assault, rape, and robbery will increase.
Many current "law abiding" citizens will be forced to become criminals in order to protect themselves, their families, and their property.
Note: Many folks don't consider it appropriate to defend property with deadly force. I am not one of those. If I worked for it, if I paid for it - you (or your criminally minded relative) doesn't have ANY right to take it - and I don't care what a "nice" person they really are when they aren't strung out on meth or crack.
If "outlawing" or "banning" something actually worked, it might be reasonable to assume that banning guns would work. But lets take a look at some things that are already banned/illegal:
1. Murder. It's against the law, has been for a VERY long time. But it still happens. With frightening regularity.
2. Drugs. They are banned/illegal, yet they are still used.
3. Drunk Driving. It kills people. It's illegal. It's banned/outlawed. People still die from it.
Can anyone provide one current/historical/factual instance where outlawing / banning something actually kept people from doing/using it?
So explain to me, in plain English, why banning guns would prevent gun deaths? Why would you expect a different/more effective result of a ban on firearms than you would a ban on Drunk Driving? One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.
So why do the "anti-gun" folks think this will actually prevent something?
Several ideas come to mind. But the one that seems to have the most traction in my thought processes is that the anti-gun types want a band-aid solution to the ills of the world. By "banning" guns they can sleep easier at night thinking they have done something "good" to make the world a safer place without REALLY addressing the problems. Fixing the social ills takes a whole lot more work and effort than enacting an unenforceable law.
One more note, banning guns doesn't and wont take the place of doing your job as a parent. Ever. If you raise a sociopath - then you and your family, and likely more than a few innocents will reap the rewards of your (lack of) parenting skills.
I leave you with a few quotes, by minds much greater than mine:
Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms, as the blackest.
-- Mahatma Gandhi, Gandhi, An Autobiography, page 446
Laws that forbid the carrying of arms, disarm only those who are neither inclined, nor determined to commit crimes. Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants. They serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man.
-- Thomas Jefferson, 1764
Those who beat their swords into plowshares usually end up plowing for those who didn't.
-- Ben Franklin
False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature ... laws not preventive but fearful of crimes.
A fear of weapons is a sign of retarded sexual and emotional maturity.
-- Sigmund Freud, General Introduction to Psychoanalysis
If someone has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.
-- The Dalai Lama
Rifles, muskets, long-bows and hand-grenades are inherently democratic weapons. ...A simple weapon -- so long as there is no answer to it -- gives claws to the weak.
-- George Orwell
What country can preserve its liberties if their rulers are not warned from time to time that their people preserve the spirit of resistance. Let them take arms.
-- Thomas Jefferson
If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws.
-- Edward Abbey
A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government.
-- George Washington