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Reply #4: Guns (in the hands of qualified citizens) as a solution to guns (in the hands of criminals)... Yup. [View All]

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OneTenthofOnePercent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Mar-07-11 08:58 AM
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4. Guns (in the hands of qualified citizens) as a solution to guns (in the hands of criminals)... Yup.
You often hear the "Guns as a solution to guns?!?" snark put forth by people that want to decrease the number of firearms out there. It's an interesting observation and, at face valve, does not pass the logic test - how can more guns possibly be a solution? But upon further observation it makes sense with a few qualifiers.

Lets look at antineoplastics for a moment. Antineoplastics are poisons designed to kill. Used improperly, carelessly, or maliciously they can severely injure or kill people. Used correctly, they present a decent chance at curing people from cancer - chemotherapy. Antineoplastics are nothing more than a tool to fight cancer when used properly... a deadly agent used to combat another deadly agent with steep associated risks.

Firearms, used improperly, carelessly, or maliciously can severely injure or kill people. Used correctly, they present a decent chance at preventing grievous bodily injury or death - self defense. Firearms, in the hands of trained law-abiding people, are nothing more than a tool to fight crime. They are tool to equalize the force between an assailant and a victim. Guns, in the hands of qualified citizens, have positive externalities on safety and security.

The problem with attacking gun violence using legislation against the tool is that the law will disproportionately change the actions of those willing to obey the law. The tool is not the problem... the intent (the criminals) are the problem. Said otherwise, anti-gun legislation will handcuff the positive externalities of firearms in the hopes that the negative externalities can be mitigated. That is not sound logic which is further backed up by failed prohibition of illicit items in America and failed gun control around the globe. Legislation efforts to attack criminal possession of firearms - without infringing on the rights of the other 96%+ of the gun-owning population is perfectly acceptable.

"Guns (in the hands of qualified citizens) as a solution to guns (in the hands of criminals)" does make sense.
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