I believe I have an answer to Joe’s “Just one Question”.
As Joe states;
There are three possible answers to this question.
- “I don’t know.” In which case my response is, “Come back to the debate when you can answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’.”
- “No.” In which case my response is, “Then you should be advocating the repeal of ALL gun control laws and I don’t want to hear a single anti-freedom word from you on this topic again.”
- “Yes and here is my demonstration.”
My answer is; “Yes and here is my demonstration.”
In response to Clinton era attacks on gun rights, I and many other Americans decided to buy our first guns, or to get back into shooting after a long hiatus. Gun dealers often credited Clinton (and his administration) for being “salesman of the year” for several years running. The atmosphere at gun shows was very energetic, and the NRA’s membership got a large bump as people got guns and got involved in pro second amendment activism. The NRA and other groups also started pushing harder for gun handling safety as it became clear that our right to keep and bear arms was seriously threatened. This all falls under what we’ll call “backlash”.
The backlash against actual gun restriction resulted in more gun owners, more participation in shooting activities, more participation in pro 2A activism, more emphasis on safety and self defense, and many more states passing “shall issue” concealed carry laws.
More armed citizens, more of them carrying concealed, and more emphasis on safety and home security, and presto– violent crime has been going down in the areas where gun ownership has increased, and gun accidents have been on the decline for years, even with the increased gun ownership.
Hence, I submit that, due to public backlash, the average person has indeed been made safer by restricting access to handheld weapons.
The twist lies in the fact that guns weren’t simply banned except in a few small pockets in the U.S.. The question pertains to “restrictions” and not to full prohibition. In those places where all guns were effectively outlawed, crime continued to rampage, but in places where we could still legally get and keep guns we became safer. Semi-auto rifles and carbines (the so-called “assault weapons”) were purchased in the largest numbers too, because those were the ones most threatened (my first gun purchase ever was a Glock 20 with a 15 round magazine, because I knew the magazine restriction was coming. I then bought several more 15 round magazines “while I still could”). I maintain that the very large increase in interest in AR-15s and AKs, et al (“Evil Black Rifles” or EBRs) is in part due to the Clinton era restrictions.
Today, the Clinton era concerns are back. The Obama groupies are wanting to pass more gun restrictions, and as a result, people are buying up guns, “while we still can”. Most pointedly, they’re buying up semi-auto rifles and carbines, semi-auto pistols, full capacity magazines and folding or collapsible stocks, as those are all in the most threatened category. We can only hope for more change in the form of backlash. Do your part to make America even safer; encourage your friends and neighbors to get their first guns, join the NRA, and become active “while they still can”.