Saturday, June 20, 2015

Why are gun bans a bad idea?

This article will discuss gun bans in the last four-score years in the United States, how they are an anathema to a free society, and how they have turned ordinary law-abiding citizens into criminals.

The United States was established, in contrast with all the regimes on earth before and since, with the unique ideal that government is a social contract between the government and the governed. Our forebears declared their independence from King George III of England, and fought and beat the mightiest army that had ever marched on the face of the earth. Although the ideal was tarnished by the continued scourge of human slavery in the new nation, that social contract was established. 

I. Gun bans
The modern history of gun bans in the United States begins in with the National Firearms Act (NFA) of 1934. Prior to that time, the Second Amendment to the Constitution was generally recognized and honored insofar as gun bans are concerned. The NFA effectively banned fully automatic firearms (machine guns), short barreled rifles and shotguns, and gun mufflers for most people, by imposing a $200 transfer tax on those items.

The Gun Control Act (GCA) of 1968 imposed further limitations, by, among other things, banning importation of firearms that did not meet so-called sporting criteria.


The Clinton gun ban of 1994 banned firearms that had more than two of these features: bayonet lugs, pistol grips, folding stocks, grenade launcher mount, and flash hiders. To comply with this law, many manufacturers began making AR-15's with a pistol grip and fixed stock, and none of the other items. Ammo magazines manufactured during this ban, which sunset in 2004, were limited to 10 round capacity.

There are other bans, but in the interest of brevity, those will not be covered here.

Some states, mostly in the Northeast and West Coast areas, imposed their own bans. Following the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre of 2012, Connecticut, New York, and others imposed further bans.

II. Results
In my view, the most notable things accomplished by these bans are
  • NFA - turned Constitutioally protected weapons into rich man's toys 
  • GCA - began a registration process that has become more intrusive over the years
  • States - Created a new criminal class from citizens who commit acts of ordinary benign beneficial behavior
In addition, these bans have fostered a distrust between the electorate and their employees who work in the Congress, capitols, and state houses. None have been successful at achieving their avowed purpose of crime reduction. 

These elected representives have assigned evil moral value to inanimate objects that are neither good nor evil, then associated that moral value to anyone who chooses to use them. This is anathema to a free society.

The time has come to vote those violators of their oath of office out. The plain language reading of the Second Amendment is just not that difficult.

And to any proposed new bans, the answer is always a resounding NO!

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