By Victor J.Ward
I was talking with someone about the Florida school shooting. My friend is a reasonable enough fellow, but he, too, had begun to drink the Kool Aid.
“If we had gun control, this would, at the very least, slow down the number of mass shootings.”
You know, he is right about that.
First, before I go too far, I should say this:
Why is my freedom and liberty determined by some crazy nut job? My freedom should be determined by me and me alone. If I do something to endanger that freedom, so be it. Otherwise, leave me the heck alone.
But, Statists don’t care about freedom, so the liberty/freedom argument is unpersuasive. We all know that Statists want to control us in their misguided attempt to create hell on earth and call it heaven.
The fact is, however, that if all guns were banned, and all gun manufacturers were banned, we would have less school shootings. Someone could argue that a want-to-be murderer would still find a way to get a gun. Sure, but stopping the manufacture of all guns would force said manufacture of guns to the Black Market, and getting things from the Black Market takes longer, and it is conceivable that the number of school shootings would go down.
That does not mean that the number of students or people killed by rogue actors would go down at all.
The country of Kenya has had a few arsons at school dormitories. One fire killed about 60 students in 2000 or 2001.
What about Timothy McVeigh? He didn’t shoot anybody, yet his body count was over 150.
What about September 11? It doesn’t matter that it was a “terrorist attack.” The bottom line is that a few individuals wanted to kill a whole lot of people, and they did it without firing a shot.
Gun laws have the same problems that all laws have: First problem: They don’t address the heart/mind/character of the individual. No law can do that.
Second problem: The legislature is going to need to define what a “gun” or “rifle” is, and as soon as they pass a bill to stop X, the free market will create X prime. A similar problem is that it is impossible to completely eliminate guns for a gun is nothing but several individual pieces arranged in a certain way. Standing alone, those pieces do not have lethal properties, so there is no need to make them illegal. If a gun requires 100 individually innocent pieces, a person can obviously possess these 100 pieces, and then, at a later date, put the pieces together. There is simply nothing that the government can do.
Third problem: The third problem is the worst, but not many people think about it. The problem is unseen, but it will quickly remove its cloak if the government actually tries to make gun or rifle ownership illegal. Right now, all guns are not banned. So, if a deranged maniac wants to kill someone, they can get a rifle and start shooting. If all guns were banned, the maniac would find another weapon of choice and start killing that way. See the above-referenced McVeigh massacre or Kenya massacres or Boko Haran massacres accomplished with explosives.
There is no reason to believe that more lives would be saved just because the murderer didn’t use a rifle. Granted, a knife may limit the number of kills, although there have been plenty of mass killings with nothing but a sharp edge. But it is also true that arson or a pipe bomb has the opportunity to kill many more people than a rifle. Just check the historical record.
Right now, deranged people are not really using their creativity. They stick with the unimaginative way of the gun. Let’s keep it like that. I believe, in the long run, it may actually go to save lives. If the government gets involved in a misguided attempt to help, the government’s ban on guns will do nothing but fuel the creativity of the mentally unstable and of the morally infirm.