Thu Jan 10, 2013, 02:35 PM
Tab (9,435 posts)
More gun laws won't stop the killings?
The gun nuts claim that we have plenty of gun laws, and killings take place in some of the places with the strictest guns laws.
There's two kinds of laws, and two other kinds of laws.
The first two depends on what they prevent. Laws that prevent you from carrying a gun into a school, say, aren't going to stop someone intent on doing so. Agreed - although I believe it minimizes the incidental number of guns in the environment.
However, there are also laws regarding gun procurement, possession, and registration. Limitations on the type of weapon, capacity of clips, etc. are a lot harder to circumvent, despite your evil intent. The same reason I can't just go out and by plutonium if I want to.
The second two relate to jurisdiction. A state law banning sale of a certain type of weapon or ammunition isn't going to do much if someone intent on circumventing it can just drive to the next state over. Therefore it has to be implemented at a national level.
And lest you cry "State's rights" let me remind you that when it serves the national interest, the Federal Government can make things happen. Where drinking is concerned (BAC levels for DUI and drinking age), States make most of the laws, but the government was able to effectively impose limits by threatening to withhold highway funding, among other things. Economic pressure caused the states to fall in line.
When no one can buy an automatic weapon or high-capacity clip ANYWHERE in the country, THEN the gun laws will definitely have an effect.
And I think people are now just about ready to make that happen.
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