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@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents The next time you hear a politician call for common sense gun control, listen for the details. You are likely to be treated to a torrent about assault weapons, gun show sales, and other half measures.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents These sorts of proposals are rooted in a theiry of gun control that has been around since the 1960s. The basic idea is that fewer guns equal less gun crime.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents But for this theory to have even a chance at working, drastic reductions in the supply of guns will be necessary. Everything else amounts to security theater.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents The late Senator Howard Metzenbaum, a strong gun control Advocate, explained it this way:
"If you don't ban all guns, you might as well ban none of them."
But few, if any, politicians who call for common sense gun control have the courage to propose this.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Even putting aside the issue of the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which affirms the right to keep and bear arms, a gun ban has no broad popular support.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Never mind the conservative States, gun ban referendums failed by large margins in two of our most liberal states: Massachusetts in 1976 in California in 1982. No serious attempts have been made since then.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Recently, Australia's gun control efforts have gained new prominence as a possible model for the United States to follow. Let's take a closer look at Australia.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents In 1996, after a lunatic used a semi-automatic rifle to murder 34 people in Tasmania, the Australian government banned ALL semi-automatic rifles and repeating shotguns.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Owners of roughly 700,000 registered Firearms, about a quarter of the nation's 3 million total guns, were required to turn them in for destruction. The government called this a buyback, but, in fact, no one had a choice.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents As the research of Nicholas Johnson, professor of law Fordham University, shows, this model will NOT work in the United States for the simple reason that the US has over 325 million guns. This is orders of magnitude more than any other country.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Even if the Australian model were tried in the US and worked to perfection, we'd still be left with over 200 million guns, including handguns, which account for nearly 80% of gun crime.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents But gun confiscation has never worked to perfection, and sometimes threatens to make things worse. The 2007 International Small Arms survey studied over 72 countries that attempted to impose gun confiscation laws on their citizens.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents They found massive defiance of these laws, with only a third of gun owners complying. If Americans defy gun confiscation laws at just the average rate that has occurred internationally, then we should expect tens of millions of guns to flood straight into the black market.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents Not surprisingly, politicians who advocate for common sense gun control prefer to avoid the thorny issues that gun confiscation raises. Instead, they seek to have it both ways.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents They pursue the votes of gun owners by paying lip-service to the 2nd Amendment and offer assurances that they want to ban only the "bad guns," like rifles with pistol grips.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents And at the same time, they pander, along with their core constituents, with gun ban rhetoric and Supply control efforts that will have a marginal effect at best. And when these meger efforts fail to pass or to work? Blame the gun lobby.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents So, @davidhogg111, to you and the other glib critics of America's gun culture, I make this demand.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents If supply controls are the answer, describe precisely the full program of supply-side policies you propose to stop the gun crimes that we all abhor. And then tell us how those same policies will allow good law-abiding citizens to keep and protect themselves with firearms.
@davidhogg111 @MiniVanDents If you cannot Square these two things, then you must convince me and other Americans that we are better off under policies that would disarm good people in a fruitless attempt to keep bad men and women from getting guns.
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