Writing at The Root, Michale herriot says he has put “Every Argument Against Commonsense Gun Control Broken Down to Its Idiotic Nonsense.”
In reality, it is clear Mr. Herriot has a few facts short of short of being prepared to argue his case. In reality, gun control does not start with the first gun control law, imposed in 14895 by the Duke of Wurttemberg.
But restrictions on private ownership of weapons date back as far as any script we can understand, more than 6,000 years ago. Our race has had bow control, axe control, pike control, sword control, knife control, and if we could read some odd squiggles from the neolithic, there was probably rock control.
Gun control itself will soon be 522 years old. In that time, we know of more than 57,763 restrictive gun laws, and the rush to comply with the EU Parliament’s decree will probably push that to 57,800 by the first of the year.
Of those already in force, not even one has reduced crime, made anyone safer, or reduced the number of members of the governing elite murdered. Just as crossbow, bow, greek fire, sword, sling, and other “weapons control laws” have succeeded.
Considered as “weapons control, restricting citiens ability to purchase, possess, and carry firearms has a six thousand year plus history of what ordinary humans call failure.
Not just ordinary Chicago style gun control failure, which only takes the lives of a few hundred people a year.
between 1900 and 1999 the number of people murdered by their own government in demoniacal campaigns enabled by lists of gun owners has topped 265 million, Tat is equivalent to the population of the United States, less California.
Even worse is the effect gun control has had on criminal victimization of law abiding citizens. Every restrictive gun law has failed in the same way, with a sharp rise in crime rates, particularly violent crime rates, with the degree of rise largely dependent on the severity of the law.
The history of gun control is written large for those who care to look. In total, a half billion victims of gunfire since a young rake’s carelessness put a ball through the jaw of a favorite young courtesan, and impelled Duke Eberhard 1 to ban guns from the Duchy.
Reading the history of gun control and its predecessors is not “Idiotic Nonsense.” It is nothing more than the sort of sense every horse knows. “Look before you leap.”
With 57,763 known failures to no success, we do not want to copy the mistakes of the past.
Those failure are no more than the commonest sort of common sense, mule sense. Mules look before they leap, lest they leap nto a bog or over a precipice.
I heartily wish humans were as smart as mules.
There are things that could be done to make Poverty Bottoms neighborhoods as safe as Silk Stocking Ro is now. We could cut our violent crime rates by 75% in 10 years – but no one seems to be interest, especially gun control activists and leftist pols. And that is the real tragedy.