Monday, February 9, 2009
The Inescapable Logic of Gun Control: Ya Gotta Be Really Bright To Think Up Crap Like This.
OK, let's follow the logic here. You're a gun grabber and you know you can't ban all weapons at once. Oh, no, much too big of a bite. Elmer Fudd might be upset, and he votes Democrat. So your announced priority is to ban semi-automatic rifles of military utility, like the AR-15/M-4 clones and the evil AK-47 copies. These are weapons with large magazines, yes, but also relatively low-powered cartridges.
Now, you pass a law to ban these weapons in the expectation that people will turn them in. So, OK, let's say, for the purposes of argument, they defy expectation and turn in their evil "assault weapons" without violence.
You're happy, the ATF is happy (they've wanted them banned for civilians since Waco -- its in their after-action report), and all God's socialist children are happy except the gunowners who just turned them in. They are, in a word, pissed.
You've got their firearms, but not ALL of their firearms. What have you left these millions of pissed off people? Why bolt-action hunting rifles, of course. Accurate, scope-sighted, high-power, long-range hunting rifles. They meet the Nazi "sporting purpose" test, so you've left them alone this time.
But here's the deal. Now, you're a gun-banner or a politician who trucks with them, and you're feeling mighty pleased with yourself. At least those rednecks can't shoot at you with their evil medium-powered cartridge weapons. No, they can't. But they CAN shoot at you, and penetrate limousine glass and body armor at great distance with their high-power bolt-action "sporting rifles." All you just did, if they decide they're pissed off enough to do it, is make them concentrate on mastering the one weapon that CAN reach out and touch YOU.
The "sporting weapon" bullet that comes through your tenth-floor office glass like it's butter, collapses your head and splatters your brains all over the exquisite carpet would never have reached you if fired from an "evil assault weapon."
Pretty ironic, huh?
So, I guess you'd better ban them all. No, wait, that's too many people at once. They'll never go for it. It'll screw up your "divide and conquer" plan.
So what was it you had in mind originally?
Not very bright, are you Brady Buncher?