UK vs US: murder rate trajectory and the lie of gun control
Gun control has nothing to do with crime, or murder rates, or mental health, or protecting children — though there are unquestionably some well-meaning useful idiots whose opposition to gun ownership is based on those factors so easily attached to the debate.
It is instead about people control, and more specifically, individual control, with the removal of self-protection and the protection of the family paramount to a final push to make reliance on government all but mandatory.
I’ve said this before, but it is worth repeating: there are certain states, Colorado attempting to be among them, that are misreading the political atmosphere and are going to overstep, even if they manage to get many of their measures passed.
And that’s because those who they are punishing are not passive actors in some governmental morality play — which too often is how the electorate is treated by the political class. There’s more to Colorado than Denver and Boulder, just as there’s more to New York state than merely New York city.
What these political lightweights are hoping to do is pass feel-good legislation that will buy them an easy self-righteous pose. Because they believe public sentiment mirrors that produced by their own insularity and confirmation bias. I don’t believe for a moment they have any idea of the tenor and scope of the pushback they’ll receive should they try to turn erstwhile law abiding citizens into felons while pronouncing themselves moral heroes for having supported government-backed theft.
And what’s most absurd in all this is that people can merely remove the spring and follower from their magazines and call the remaining housing a toothpick holder or a flask, while dealers will just require buyers to sign waivers releasing them from any criminal or civil liability should a lawful gun buyer ever subsequently use the firearm in the commission of a crime (including suicide).
More government, more red tape, more forms to fill out, and no demonstrable effect save that the government lays ever more claim over individual rights — the very thing that disrupts the incrementalism that has proven so successful for the left and could finally wake people up to government’s real aims.
I welcome it, frankly.