Have you ever thought about the underlying theme of gun control?
“It’s too easy to get a gun.”
Exactly what does that mean? Simply “getting a gun” is a harmless action. What one does after they obtain it is what matters. Since we can’t control what someone does with a firearm after they obtain it, we simply prevent them from getting one in the first place, or so the idea goes.
There are a couple of big problems with this premise. First of all, we have this little thing called due process. In a free society, we simply do not deny someone their rights based on what they “might do.” You can spin it any way you like, that is simply not how a Constitutional Republic is supposed to function. Our founders would roll over in their graves at such a suggestion.
Secondly, if you take the “solution” to its logical conclusion, we must make it impossible for everyone to get a gun so nobody can misuse it. There is simply no other conclusion to which you can arrive. Preventing someone from purchasing a firearm based on suspicion of future behavior is a fool’s errand. The only way for it to be effective is to apply it to everyone.
So, when someone says, “Nobody wants to take your guns”, what they really mean is, “We want to make it impossible to ever get one in the first place.”
December 23, 2018
The Flawed Premise of Gun Control
[I have nothing to add.—Joe]