by Greg Krehbiel on 12 January 2011
Every time there’s some horrible event like the shooting in Tucson, somebody’s going to propose more gun control. Which is perfectly understandable. There are unbalanced, angry people out there, and nobody wants them walking around with guns. I happen to like guns, and enjoy shooting, but I would be perfectly happy to never touch a gun again if it actually resulted in a safer world.
But that’s the problem. Leaving aside 2nd amendment issues, can we make a realistic case that confiscating guns is going to make us safer? We don’t have a magic wand that will make all the guns go away, and the devil really is in the details.
How are we going to take guns away from people? While we’re doing that, won’t the bad guys be disproportionately armed (i.e., since the good guys are more likely to comply and turn in their guns)? Won’t that embolden criminals? What kinds of powers would we have to give the police to collect the guns that aren’t voluntarily handed in? Are we going to make exceptions? Will we simply create a black market for guns?
I understand the naive but good-intentioned desire to “just get rid of the guns,” but it’s not that simple.
-- 2011-01-12 » Greg Krehbiel