Thursday, December 20, 2012

Why Gun Control is Doomed to Failure

I leave the paranoid ranting to the other twin. I'm just going to tell you why gun control will be stupider than the old Prohibition and the new War on Drugs.
Alcohol and drugs are both consumables. Firearms aren't - and there are already over 300,000,000 of them in country. Those firearms aren't going to be drank or snorted, they can be used multiple times, and the only limitation is ammunition (which is consumable, but easily obtained, and still would be, under an absolute ban).
Should we want more firearms, assuming a total gun ban and a willingness to break the law on the part of the citizen, there are two options - smuggle guns in, pretty much the same way that drugs are now, and that alcohol was during the prohibition, or make them ourselves. The most primitive of early firearms, the hand cannon, dates from the 1300s (although firearms didn't become a major military weapon until much later). One of the simplest modern firearms, the AK-47, has eight moving parts, and its original variant is capable of fully automatic fire. Given the modern tools that are available to everyone producing a firearm shouldn't be too hard. In fact, there's more than one manual for making firearms on your own, perhaps in your garage (if you have one). Given this, a complete ban on guns is laughable, even stupid, and doomed to failure.

Monday, December 17, 2012

On the Sandy Hook Shooter (expanding upon previous post)

The mentality of the attacker was:
  1. Loner
  2. Geek
This is very similar to other mass shooters.

Should we execute all loners and geeks, just to be on the safe side?

Or just imprison them like the Japanese during WWII or the Jews during the Holocaust?

But, if we execute the loners and the geeks, then we lose something.

Something precious, our innovation, our innovators, and the future. Should we kill the future engineers and scientists that will create new computer hardware, new cars, new houses?

Massacre at Sandy Hook

The attacker did not have his weapons legally. Let's get that out there. He murdered his mother with her own guns, which he then took to kill a bunch of elementary school children who could not shoot back (schools are gun free zones, last I checked).

Laws cannot and will not deter criminals, while over-broad gun control legislation will force some groups to sue based off of the 2nd amendment to the US Constitution.

Criminals do not,  by definition, care about laws. There are some things that most criminals will not do, but that does not include theft, smuggling, etc.

Criminals, therefore, will have access to guns so long as guns are made. There will always be third parties willing to smuggle guns into the US in order to make a profit.

Smuggling is already illegal.

Murdering someone is already illegal.

Owning a weapon is not illegal. There is a reason for this. Guns don't murder people. People murder people, sometimes with guns, sometimes with baseball bats.

Yet no one wants to make baseball bats illegal (except on planes).