At 1/25/13 12:46 AM, Camarohusky wrote:
The gun laws were created in response to the high amount of gun violence. Nice try, though.
That may be so...unfortunately, as we can see, it's done nothing to stop it. Cities like LA are still swarming with gang activity.
The goal of such laws isn't to completely stop criminals. The lawmakers know that's not possible. The goal is to make it so hard for criminals to do a certain act that they either waste a lot of their resources on it, expose themselves to attention while trying to go out of their way to find it, or to make it so expensive and time consuiming that many criminals decide not to do it. When the country's gun violence numbers are in the tens of thousands, those three obstacles can make a HUGE dent.
This is nice in theory. But actually, what prohibition of anything does, is grows a black market. And this turns criminals into very rich people. Al Capone is a good example. The profiteers of the war on drugs is another. The war on drugs, for example, makes drugs like marijuana, cheap, because there is SO much demand, and it's easy to grow. Same with booze during prohibition.
Like I said, criminals do not give a damn about the risks of breaking the law. If they did, there would be no criminals! They will pay any price for an illegal gun, any price for a bag of coke, any price for moonshine. People want what they want, and if there's enough demand, the producers, or providers of illegal items won't woory about the risks. The money they make will be more than enough to make them forget about that. The lure of lots of money for minimal work is very attractive and almost no amount of risk will make people pass it up.
You can try your hardest to make stuff hard for criminals. They will always find away around it, or more likely as we see in the pot industry (one of the biggest cash crops in america), they just won't care. It's no different with guns. Even Obama MENTIONING an AWB has caused gun prices to skyrocket, and people gladly pay it. You think this behavior would stop if there was an AWB? It sure didn't the first time, not sure why you tihnk it would now.
Yeah, but if you reduce the amount of criminals with guns (which WILL happen with proper gun control) what is needed to protect one's family changes. And don't give me this "well, NYC has tough laws, but guns are still there" garbage. Their tough gun laws are sobtaged by the lack of state to state customs and other states willing to sell guns to anyone with cash, no questions asked. Until a US jurisidiction is able to have gun laws and a protected border from all other gun jurisdictions, and removes all prior guns, you cannot use that argument. It is completely stilted.
No, it does not change with gun control. It never, ever has in the US. Ever.