I don’t pretend to be a specialist or to have any sort of extensive knowledge in this (or any) area. I’ll admit to being a gun enthusiast. Like most things that I’m enthusiastic about, I’ve read a little about guns and crime. I consider the unspeakable tragedies of late to be wicked, debased, and utterly odious. I have been (both in private and in pubic) in prayer for the families of the victims of the recent shootings. These were not “killings”; they were murders. So, hopefully nothing in this post is misconstrued. As one who very recently lost a child, I can sympathize with our countrymen in Connecticut and here in Oregon, too. These tragedies necessarily bring up questions about how these sorts of tragedies can be stopped. That is a worthy and necessary discussion. Let’s have that discussion honestly and without rancor.
Nearly 100% of the population in our country wants to stop these vicious murders in malls, schools, and the like. There is a very small percentage of people in our country that wants to commit these atrocities, but the vast, vast majority of people want to stop them from occurring. So far so good. My question is how gun laws fit into that laudable goal.
Some say that we should ban assault rifles (again) or limit the capacity of magazines/clips to 10 rounds. Say laws are passed to that effect. Say that it is no longer lawful to buy AK-47s and AR-15s at our local gun shops. Say that the magazines we can purchase are no longer high-capacity mags. One would, then, be breaking the law to buy an assault rifle or to have hi-cap magazine. Okay, here’s the rub: Who would obey those new laws?
We would all WANT the murders to obey those new laws. Is that what would happen? Not at all. Not trying to be overly cynical, but murder is already against the law. The person who commits that crime (worse: sin) is 100% committed to breaking the law, at least at that point. Would such a person have some qualms about breaking the law to get an assault rifle or a hi-cap mag? No one can think they will. But who will have those qualms? Law-abiding citizens will obey those laws. So, what is the net gain on these sorts of laws? Law-abiding citizens are limited by the law, while murderous outlaw are not.
These sorts of laws target outlaws, but they never hit their target… they CANNOT, at least not directly. This is the (supposed) logic of gun laws. We need to look for an effective way to curtail these unspeakably tragic murders. Gun laws are a waste of time. Worse than that, they are counter productive. Let’s focus our energy on what nearly 100% of us actually want to achieve, stopping murdering fiends. Gun law do not and cannot do that.