Emotional arguments don’t help gun debate
gun control debates in canada and the u.s. are as different as a yankee doodle dandy and a northern Ontario logger.
but there is a common pro-gun thread that seems to be ignored by control advocates on both sides of the border.
and that is the fear among some firearms owners that all gun control measures are steps toward removal of weapons from citizens, so the state can run rampant.
this is largely an emotional argument, but it does have some basis in fact. remember in canada when the High river floods gave police an excuse to seize guns from homes.
also many gun owners saw the illadvised and scarcely mourned gun registry in canada in the 1990s, as one short step away from such a seizure.
On the subject of emotional arguments, however, gun control advocates take a back seat to no one. the basic “banning guns will reduce crime” argument is as nonsensical a position as that advanced by any gun advocate.
the recent tragedy in las Vegas, where a madman used bump stocks to alter long guns into machine guns for the sole purpose of mowing down vast numbers of innocents, is a one-of-a-kind disaster.
even the national rifle association, the group that defends open carry laws and other broad gun freedoms unique to the u.s., has questioned the need for bump stocks.
plainly put, machine guns are of no use to hunters and little use for target shooting.
they are at their best delivering the worst possible devastation to the largest number of targets in the shortest period of time.
it’s difficult to imagine any targets, other than humans, where a machine gun would be useful.
another issue that always arises in canada during gun control debates is the number of handguns used in criminal offences.
these guns are particularly common among gang members and other assorted no-accounts in the big cities.
thing is, handguns have been strictly controlled in canada since the 1930s. you have to take a course, pass a test and provide character references and other details before you are allowed to own a handgun in canada under strict conditions. similar, although somewhat less stringent processes, are in place for long guns.
criminals don’t get their guns this way but turn to the black market for merchandise that has been smuggled across the border. that fact alone should illustrate the uselessness of gun registries.
canada’s gun control laws aren’t nearly as unreasonable as they used to be. Having said that, it’s clear there are still more controls and regulations than most responsible gun owners believe are useful or even necessary.
However, in the u.s. it’s still the wild west. beyond all the gun liberties, a proposal has been tossed around to make the use of silencers legal.
Just imagine the las Vegas carnage if had silencers been used by the shooter. people there had trouble figuring out that gunshots were the problem, even with the noise from the modified machine guns. it’s anybody’s guess how much longer it would have taken to identify the shooting and bring it under control without the noise.
gun critics north of the border tend to dismiss americans as just a bunch of empty-headed gun lovers.
Oversimplifications such as that are not helpful in light of the staggering statistics.
since 1968 more americans have died from gunfire than died in all the wars in the country’s history.