A nicely spoken lady in Teaneck, New Jersey suggests I try to make a case for gun control instead of digging out obscure information to support my position opposing restrictive gun laws.
The suggestion is not unreasonable. Forcing an adherent to consider the opponents side has been used since at least 322 BCE, and has had a number of notable successes. But making a case for restrictive gun laws is not as simple as it sounds.
The first requirement for making a case for anything is to either establish the “whatever” is something entirely new, with no track record to support or disprove the desirability of the proposal; or that the “whatever” suggestion has a successful track record, which can be depended on when arguing the desirability of “hwatever.”
In the case of gun control, with at least 557,763 failed gun laws and no successes in the record, I can hardly claim gun control is something new. Nor can I successfully claim a majority of current and past gun control laws have reduced crime. On the historic record, both claims are preposterous.
Worse, there are no examples of similar laws concerning any other privately held weapon that has suceeded. If we include crossbow controls, compound bow controls, small knife controls, sword controls, and probably sling controls, the failure of laws regulating or banning private possession of weapons goes back almost 4,000 years.
And eve those events some still claim as successes have been bloody failures as in this “triumphant” photograph taken by a German officer watching the mass murder of thousands of “Jews and other sub-humans:”
I cannot make a case for something with only bloody failures on the one and and mass murder for success on the other.
While I am aware that some so-called humans do support laws that resulted in the murder of more than 262 million innocents by their own government my own code of ethics prevent that.
And my opinion of those who do supprt restrictive gun laws is not high. I feel you could pick up a hair from the sweepings on a barber sip floor, half it, hollow it out, machine the cut ends so they will mate, making a small container, pour 60,000 gun control activists souls in that confined space, put the halves back together, and shake the hair – and it would rattle.