Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Roll Out the Gun (Control) Nuts
But let's consider a few things before we start talking out of our asses about banning guns. Let's say that tomorrow, owning and buying a gun is illegal. Now, me being Mr. Law-Abiding-Citizen would probably just obey the law and not buy a gun.
But how about a guy like the mall shooting nut job? Or the guy who went on a rampage at the theater in Colorodo? Do we really think the law is going to stop them from buying a gun? Probably not. If you think about it, the law wasn't even enough to keep these guys from murdering human beings in cold blood. Knowing that they don't even have a shred of regard for human life, what makes you think that they have any regard for less horrifying offenses like owning contraband?
Here's the answer: they will not give a shit. They already don't give a shit. "Owning a gun makes you more likely to use it." Okay, just like owning a knife makes you more likely to use it? How about a hammer? How about some ammonia bleach and aluminum foil? Just about anything can be used as a weapon, and it can be wielded easily.
"It's harder to kill with a knife than a gun." Oh really? Last I checked, a knife is more easily concealable. It's quieter, so you could potentially kill a lot of people before anyone is even alerted to your misdeeds. Think a knife is less threatening than a gun? Well, just a few dudes with some knives were able to keep a bunch of plane passengers at bay (the 9/11 terrorists were only armed with knives).
So should we ban all knives as well? That's the answer! No more steak knives in America!
Hell, let's even look at the War on Drugs. It's illegal to own crack cocaine in America, yet it's still here. Mary Jane is illegal in 49 of 50 states, yet it's ubiquitous. Manufacturing, distributing, and owning hard drugs all carry hefty penalties--production and distribution carry prison sentences--yet it still happens. A lot.
The sad truth is that the law can only do so much. You can ban every gun and bullet outside the police and military in America, and you will STILL see these crazy shootings happening. In fact, it'd probably be worse because in this scenario, all firearms and ammo would go underground, and we wouldn't even be able to TRACK the sale of firearms and ammunition. You wouldn't need to go through a background check or anything: you just have to know a guy who knows a guy and save up a little more money.
Ever hear the phrase "locks only stop honest men?" Well, it's the same with the law: it only stops those who have some sensibility about them.
So to the Gun Control Nuts (see what I did there?): dream on. You can control guns as much as you want, hell you can even ban them altogether. It won't make a damn bit of difference, and if you think it will then you're living in a fantasy world.
Pro-tip: if only it was against the law for that guy to bring a gun into a mall, so many people could have been saved! Oh wait . . . it IS against the law to bring a gun into a mall.
***By the way, I DO NOT own a gun.***