- Jun 19, 2019
That's just it. Most of these political maneuvers are about securing votes and political clout. The politicians do not give a **** what's best for the population. If they did, California wouldn't have run itself into the ground. It wouldn't have some of the strictest gun control in the country and some of the highest violent crime rates.
You need to realize this.
Gun control ABSOLUTELY works. No question about it. Country after country around the world has shown that it does. Of the countries most like us culturally, Australia (similar independent revolutionary streak and a historically big gun culture) is the prime example, where their weapons ban in the 90's was extraordinarily effective at reducing murder rates across the country, and bringing mass shootings to an absolute halt.
Gun control does not work in the U.S. for a very simple reason. It's done at state and local levels. Anyone who is up to no good and wants a gun can just hop in their car, drive a few miles to the next state or town over and in many places buy one with next to no checks at all.
Of course that's never going to work. Using this as an example of "gun control not working so lets not do it" is the very definition of a red herring. It's not gun control in the places that have gun control that is not working. It's the lack of gun control elsewhere that is not working, and unless we erect border control along state and city borders, it will never work if you do it at the city or town level.
The only way for it to work is for it to be federal, and be enforced nationwide.
If the entire country at the federal level got gun control on the level of California, or Connecticut I guarantee you it would work, and it would work extraordinarily well, just like in Australia. No doubt in my mind.
So lets dispense with that silliness about gun control not working. That isn't the issue at all.
The issue is that large portions of the population don't want gun control, and that is the only reason it doesn't work.