Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Unseriousness of Gun Control Advocates

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The gun control debate is burning again as it does every few years or so. Like the abortion debate, both sides dig in and eventually it settles down with no real change but return to stasis.

This time things are different and the outcome now is not as certain as it has been in the past.

This topic has been beaten to death throughout the blogosphere and twitter world but one thing I haven't seen is a liberal stand up and tell us what will happen if they get their dream of a "gun free America". They tout statistics about places that have confiscated weapons like the UK and Australia but they never seem to compare that to what an America free of legal weapons would look like.

It's pretty easy to look at a place, right here in the good old USA that has tried to ban weapons and see what the effects have been: Rahm Emanuel's Chicago. Some intellectually challenged libs like to throw the Chicago card out but then not to seriously debate the topic but to use that final, desperate bit of ammo; the race card. It's funny that liberals have used the race card so much over the last 15 years that it's affect has been blunted to the point of boredom. It's akin to having a bag full of kick-ass fireworks from Ohio and lighting them off. You light all the big ones off first and hear oohs and aahs from everyone. But in the end, you look in the bag and you have nothing but a pack of twenty bottle rockets you got free when you bought the big stuff. You light it off and it whistles and pops but it's kind of anti-climactic.

Anyway, let's imagine the perfect liberal fantasy world where America is transformed into what they want, a place where guns are illegal, illegal aliens are legal and abortions are free. Barack Obama has managed to subvert the Constitution even more than he already has and has managed to confiscate every legal gun in America and ban their sale. His new effort is the much-heralded War on Guns, which is modeled after Nancy Reagan's War on Drugs. If you are caught with a gun, you receive a mandatory minimum of 5-years for each weapon and an additional 2 years for every magazine over five rounds. Will places like Chicago be safer?

Now let's take this further; imagine that weapons are illegally smuggled into the US through Mexico using existing drug tunnels and other distribution means. Imagine hundreds of thousands of weapons flowing north through Juarez and Tecate. Who will buy these weapons? The government has already confiscated the formerly legal weapons using names from lists the government accumulated in the years leading up to the gun laws.

What the hell would America look like then? When only criminal have weapons, they will prey on those who don't. The law would have about as much affect on crime and mass shootings then prohibition and the War on Drugs has had. If you want to see the end result, just look at Mexico or, closer to home Chicago. Chicago has the strictest gun laws in the nation and has seen a huge increase in violent crime caused by guns. Roughly 25% of those crimes are ever solved. Imagine if that were to spread out south east and west. America would soon look like the Australia portrayed in the Mad Max series.

Those very same people who are advocating for repeal of our constitutionally guaranteed right to bear arms would be the very same ones screaming for the government to "do something!!! The problem is that those who could do something will be unable to assist in stopping it.

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