theyarecomingforyou, on 20 December 2012 - 18:12, said:
Yes, but if firearms were properly restricted in the US then it would be very much harder to obtain them illegally.
What are you going to restrict? Guns are used by the military, hunters, target shooters, collectors, etc. Unless you completely take away every single gun in the country, there will always be an easy way to get a hold of one. And even so, what's to stop somebody from going to Canada or Mexico and smuggling them in? Gun laws only hurt the honest because the criminals never cared in the first place and will always find a way. If guns are magically gone, criminals will use knives, explosives, or any other form of weapon. Guns are only one of many easy ways to inflict damage.
The only law that can potentially prevent crime is one that levels the playing field of honest citizens with that of the criminals. They will think twice about holding up a bank or store if they know they probably won't walk out alive, much less any money.
shakey, on 20 December 2012 - 18:26, said:
Pro Gun guys just can't seem to grasp the idea that if you limit the supply, make it illegal, and harder to get, that the product will be harder for the "average" to get, and will only lay in the hands of the really hard criminals, which you wouldn't win against even if you had a gun yourself.
There's nothing difficult about obtaining a weapon illegally. Limiting the supply only hurts the honest population.
Marijuana, cocaine, etc. are all illegal, but have never been difficult to obtain. Do you know the reason why? Importing...
Whether you take away all the guns here, every other country in the world still has them, and you can bet they will find their way over here in a heartbeat.