"having less guns" is a naive notion. It's like wishing for a nuclear free planet. All
we can do at this point is mitigate. We know making them illegal won't work (look how
well that worked for booze or weed, or any other drug) even the death penalty won't stop
the illegal sale of guns http://www.niqash.org/articles/?id=3117, not producing them
won't work Pakistan hills a good example. Making guns isn't hard
Saying "it'll make them harder to get" is BS. Is it any harder to get heroin now than
40 yrs ago? How about weed? Cocaine? There's a lot of money spent trying to stop that
trade and a lot of people dying because of it, how many will die if we did that? Or how
much money would it take?
The Washington Post blog that Playhata posted suggests that having less guns is not a naive notion.
8. More guns tend to mean more homicide.
The Harvard Injury Control Research Center assessed the literature on guns and homicide and found that theres substantial evidence that indicates more guns means more murders. This holds true whether youre looking at different countries or different states. Citations here.
A lot of great points made in that post. One of the most informative posts I've seen in the last two days.
I'll fully support a ban on assault weapons. So shameful that we let the ban expire in 2004. I'm feeling optimistic that Feinstein's bill will pass, again.