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Response to IDoMath (Reply #32)

Tue Dec 11, 2012, 09:29 AM

33. I don't think so.

Those differences you cite are minor.

How so? Are you saying that anytime anything is regulated or banned, there will be a large criminal black market? If so, you are wrong. Whether and how large a black market arises depends heavily on individual characteristics of the product and the market, supply, demand, etc.

In each case you are talking about taking away an existing right.

Like I said above, nobody said that the change will be immediate, but inertia is a poor excuse for sticking with the status quo.

If you are talking about the black market? I just heard a fact the other other day. Guns are one of the top two items on the worldwide black market. So I'd say the black market for guns worldwide is pretty darn high. (Drugs were the other, wild animals were #3).

The worldwide black market includes a lot of places like Mexico where the rule of law has basically collapsed. Can you think of any wealthy Democracy where there is a rampant black market for guns?

I'm not talking about inaction....
Don't go straight for the legislative answer, though.

Why not both? I'm not talking about banning guns, by the way. But how about starting by requiring a background and mental health check for all gun transfers? How about requiring all handguns to be registered with the police, and requiring lost or stolen guns to be reported? How about limiting magazine capacity so you can't shoot 30 people without reloading? What about limiting gun purchases to one per month? Etc.

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