Look, I approach the “gun control” discussion from a logical perspective, not a partisan one. I don’t care about politics. I am loyal to no party. I dislike almost every politician I’ve seen, met or heard from, with a few rare exceptions.
Now that we’ve established that, I’ll simply say this: “Gun control” is a meaningless concept. In fact it’s difficult to even comment on because the whole idea exists in some realm far outside of reality. From what I understand, “gun control” advocates believe the government should be in charge of keeping guns — or at least the most dangerous types — off the street and out of the hands of bad guys. Their position might be slightly more specified and nuanced, but that’s the long and short of it anyway. So here’s my question: How can the government, which is arguably the largest international distributor of weaponry, be in charge of keeping “off the street” the very thing they put on the street in enormous quantities? In the last couple of years alone our government has shipped semi-automatic and automatic rifles to drug cartels in Mexico, a dictator in Uganda, radicals in Egypt, rebels in Libya and now terrorist affiliated cells in Syria, just to name a few examples. This is not my opinion or my belief or my biased slant, this is just a simple fact. The government gives extraordinarily dangerous weapons to bad guys all over the world all the time. Rationalize it if you like, explain it away if you dare, but don’t come to me with drivel about how this very entity — the entity which is far more successful at supplying guns than eradicating them — should somehow be in charge of “cracking down” on the very thing they hand out to terrorists and drug lords like hard candies at a barber shop.
And here’s one more item that is neither my opinion nor position, but merely an indisputable reality: there isn’t a single known case of a law against a substance or object leading to the eradication of said substance or object. But there are thousands of cases of it working in the opposite way.
I think a conversation about violence in America is important. But it won’t go anywhere if we don’t all first pack up and move back to Reality, where solutions are only solutions when they actually make sense.