Arnold Williams (notebuyer) wrote,
Arnold Williams
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When Guns Are Outlawed, Only Criminals Will Have Guns...And Crime will rise!

That was the bumper sticker, without the addendum, that was so widely derided as I was growing up.

Sadly, of course, it is quite true:

We have, post-Dunblane, what are said to be the toughest gun control laws in the world. They have actually proved strikingly ineffectual.

Gun crime has doubled since they were introduced. Young hoodlums are able to acquire handguns - either replica weapons that have been converted, or imports from eastern Europe - with ease. With no dedicated frontier police, our borders remain hopelessly porous. The only people currently incommoded by the firearms laws are legitimate holders of shotgun licences, who are subjected to the most onerous police checks.


Gun laws affect only the law-abiding. To think that they affect the criminals as well is to mistake legislation for sorcery of the "I said the spell and it happened" variety (in other words, it is the default viewpoint of most legislators and rulemakers).
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