Let’s just outlaw guns
Dave Winer ☮

Fortunately, unlike the Quran and Hadiths, laws made by mere mortals are open for debate, repeal, and/or amendment at any time. However, arguing whether or not the Second Amendment could be repealed (it could) is rather silly — unless you’re into thought experiments.

The reality is that there is no widespread support for the repeal of the 2nd Amendment. More importantly even if you were able to “ban all guns” in the United States you’d be hard pressed to seize more than 300,000,000 firearms in private homes. The left claims it would be impossible to deport the more than 20,000,000 immigrants hiding in plain sight throughout this country without creating a police state — the police state necessary to collect firearms from my friends and family would have to be far more coercive.

Less than 2% of U.S. gun deaths are caused by AR-15s despite the fact that the firearm is the most widely owned rifle in country — it is estimated there are 3.3 million of them in the hands of private citizens. The FBI says that you’re far more likely to be beaten or stabbed to death than shot by an AR-15 — ironically 15 times more likely. Most of these AR-15s are owned by the 22 million veterans of our armed forces — we learned how to shoot with the rifle and when we’re discharged it is our go-to firearm (I’ve got one and my Dad’s got two).

Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols owned several AR-15s but when they decided to kill 168 people in Oklahoma City they simply bought forty 50-pound bags of ammonium nitrate from the hardware store — far more effective when trying to kill LOTS of people. Crazy people are going to kill people — regardless of whether or not you pass strict gun laws prohibiting Americans from owning AR-15s.

You can’t buy an AR-15 in Mexico (they have some of the strictest guns laws in the world) and yet the rate of murder in Mexico is FAR higher than the murder rate in the United States. How are they able to accomplish this feat? Only the criminals have rifles — it makes it easier to kill people. In fact, globally, countries with the strictest gun laws have the highest homicide rates. Since Canada invoked strict gun laws their homicide rate has tripled.

At the end of the day it is important to remember gun violence in this country is way down year-over-year. Less than 300 people are killed by rifles (of all types) in the U.S. each year compared with the 600 people that are killed by fists (of fury) in the U.S. each year. AR-15s aren’t the problem —if anything fists are the real problem.

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