The current controversy surrounding the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre isn’t about mass murder, but is focused on the instruments of the crime. With each one of these tragedies, you can predict what will happen and who will be at the forefront. Without much thought, the cry will be, “�We must do something.”�
Politicians and pundits flap their arms and run and shout.� The first thing that comes to mind is, �”We must pass some laws.”� This ignores the fact that in nearly every one of these sad cases, there were laws in place that were ignored and broken. There is ample evidence that these laws don’t work.
Never mind the fact there are hundreds of cases in which guns have been a deterrent to this sort of crime. These cases typically don’t make it to the mainstream news, and we always propose to disarm the public. If you stop for a second and think about it, those who oppose armed guards in the schools are typically those who demand armed guards for their own schools and homes. Celebrities and ‘celebrity’ politicians demand armed guards for themselves.
Chicago requires that all firearms be registered with the local police department. Chicago also prohibits the sale of firearms within city limits. Cook County, Ill., has banned the possession of certain semiautomatic firearms that it defines as assault weapons, as well as magazines that can hold more than 10 rounds of ammunition. Separately, the city of Chicago has banned assault weapons and magazines that can hold more than 12 rounds. (By the way, you can tape two 12-round magazines together and have 24 rounds available by just swapping ends.) Chicago had more than 500 murders this past year.
The proposed gun control legislation addresses so-called assault rifles and magazines. Assault weapons aren’t much more than an uglier version of any other semiautomatic rifle. If legislators were to bypass the U.S. Constitution and make it illegal to own a gun, do you imagine this would prevent anyone but a law-abiding citizen from acquiring a weapon?
If the answer is “We must do something,” the question should be, “What might work?”
We know already what won’t work.