An Excellent Opinion on Gun Control

This is short, sweet, and to the point. I have poorly thought out, weak, and unqualified opinions on gun control. But there are views on guns which match my own, but they’ve been formulated by someone who did think them through,who  presents strong arguments, and comes with excellent credentials.  Larry Correia is a highly experienced CCW instructor, competitive shooter, former gun store owner, and firearms instructor. He’s also a published author. So, as of right now, basically, if you want my opinions, I’m going to say, “What Larry said”.

Larry wrote about 10,000 words that accurately summarize the issues surrounding gun control. You can read his article here.

My Only Addition to Larry’s Arguments

The only thing I really think I could add to his argument is on the topic of magazine size. The Aurora shooting involved a rifle with a high-capacity magazine ( a drum, actually). If the shooting in Connecticut did involve that Bushmaster, then we’re talking about a 30-round magazine.  In upcoming weeks or months, I think it’ll be discussed more, and I think it’s worth expanding on.

The thing is, it seems like a logical reaction to ban magazines over a certain size. In fact, out of all the responses I think we could have, addressing magazine size would be the most logical. However, just because it’s the most logical argument, that doesn’t make it a good one.

How Do You Pick a Magazine Size?

It’s harder than you think. Here’s why: A Glock 17 can hold 17 rounds. You can get other Glocks with 19 rounds. Then there’s the magazine extensions. My Sig Sauer P229 holds 13 rounds + 1 in the chamber. So if the argument  is that we should cut rifle magazine sizes back to that of handguns, you aren’t really losing much. If you’re talking about my AK, you’re saying that I can only have…. 20-round magazines? Fifteen-round mags? That’s not much of a change.

The bigger problem with reducing magazine size

Think about this for a second. A rifle, such as my AK-74, has a 30-round magazine. Sure, it’s a ‘high-capacity’ magazine, compared to my Sig, but guess what? You can see a rifle. No one is going to tuck an AK  or an AR in his pants. In fact, that’s probably the reason that the vast majority of gun-related violence happens with handguns. Of the 8,775  gun-related murders in the US in 2010, about 4% were with rifles and 69% were with handguns. I wonder why Larry didn’t bring this up – or didn’t think about magazine size regulations in this way:  The fact that rifles aren’t concealable is a natural counter-balance to the high volume magazines. Reduce their magazine size and there’s a risk of an increase in murders (because now the weapon is concealable).

So, on the surface, reducing magazine size seems logical. But it isn’t.

Other Ways To React To Gun Violence

1. Ban the sale of guns and ammunition

Because in a down economy, it’s a good idea to shut down an entire sector of that economy.

2. Ban  ’assault rifles’

Forget that we don’t have a real definition of ‘assault rifle’. Sure, when you legally buy a gun, you have to get a background check from the government, and the purchase is tracked. Let’s go ahead and stop tracking the purchase and movement of guns. With that black market we’ve created for these guns, nothing awful could possibly happen. And I’m sure millions will like being turned into felons over night.

3. Confiscate guns

You want to take guns from people who have…guns? By force? And you think that’ll stop violence?

4. Confiscate ‘assault rifles’

See # 3.

5. Mandatory waiting periods for buying guns

Because psychopaths don’t plan ahead.

6. Mandatory licensing for guns

Right, you want to send millions of gun owners to the DMV?

7. Psychological evaluations for gun owners / purchasers

Because it’s better to disregard two amendments rather than one. Why disregard your right to firearms when we can have undue search and seizure, too?

8. Mandatory training for gun owners / purchasers

This is something I’ve argued for in the past, and actually still favor. But still, it impedes the 2nd amendment. Where do we get the trainers, and how do we track it? It’s like #6 but with more government employees.

 

 

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2 thoughts on “An Excellent Opinion on Gun Control

  1. I came here because of your Tridion post, but hey – you did ask. Simply put, I think the US has a huge problem, and people still aren’t engaging with it. Some of your points address this… “millions of gun owners”, etc. It’s a logistical nightmare. But please don’t lose sight of the root cause among all the problems that tackling it would bring. Imagine a country that had no restrictions on who could drive a car, and this was leading to, say 30,000 unnecessary deaths a year. Big problem, eh? Getting all those millions to take driving lessons and a test. I think there is a place for responsible civilians to be allowed gun sports, but seriously, it needs a lot of control. Having a “right” to bear arms doesn’t help. If responsible people accepted that it’s a privilege that needs to be managed, then we’d be a lot further. What can I say? It works in most other countries.

    • thanks for commenting, Dominic. Which Tridion post was it that brought you here?

      Trying to get millions of gun owners classified and tracked is a logistical nightmare, you’re absolutely right.

      However, there’s a fundamental difference between the US and other countries on the topic of gun control. Here in the US, gun ownership is not a privilege, it is a right. This is not a philosophical point but a legal one. Our 2nd amendment is one of ten amendments made to our constitution immediately after it was ratified. If I have my history right, passing these ten amendments was actually a condition of ratifying the constitution and all ten are collectively called, “The Bill of Rights”.

      The problem in the US is that people, responsible or not, have a right to gun ownership. A driver’s license, however, is not a constitutional right, it is a legal privilege. For this reason, passing laws on automobile ownership is not an infringement of law, whereas passing laws on gun ownership is. This is why we’re truly on our own in the US – because no other country, (as far as I know): 1) has a right to gun ownership 2) has it at their foundation.

      Where we need help is making making people act more responsible.