After reading an article in the LA Times by Jonathan Zimmerman – well, it really caused me to pause and consider.
Nonetheless, I’d still like to make a couple of comments. And, oh yes, I wanted to tell you why I left the NRA.
- You can't ban 'assault weapons' if you can't define what they are. They are basically a semi-automatic rifle. The simple description of 'military style' just won't cut it.
- Were you aware that rifles are seldom used in crime - maybe two percent of the time - if that? Assault weapons, whatever your definition, are hardly ever used.
- High capacity magazines could be banned, but they are even less commonly used in crime – particularly in a rifle. Semi-automatic pistols often hold 10 to 14 rounds. To reduce that capacity would require a redesign, and ‘grandfathering’ millions of pre-existing pistols. Any legislation along those lines would have minimal effect on crime. Moreover, ammo magazines can be switched within a matter of seconds.
- Background checks on all gun sales is theoretically possible; but there is no evidence said action would have a meaningful effect on crime. Gun owners, to sell guns, would be at the mercy of gun stores; and they could, potentially cheat, or extract maximum profits from average gun owners who are attempting to comply with the law when selling a gun. It would, as a result, create a gun ‘black market’ even larger than the one that already exists.
- Universal gun registration would cause a civil upheaval bigger than prohibition. Honest citizens would become criminals. And current criminals would benefit all around, be emboldened, and undeterred in their previous activities.
- Bottom line: The real answer is strict enforcement of the current law. Note my blog’s sidebar – Three Laws for Effective Gun Control.