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The US should try shutting down gun manufacturing companies and make it so that no one can carry a gun in public and see if the rate of people being murdered with guns declines, amirite?

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It won't.

The gun market, just like the liquor market during Prohibition, will move underground. Guns and ammunition will be shipped in, sold illegally and used regardless of laws (they are criminals, after all), and as they'll become harder to obtain, a very healthy black market with exorbitant prices will form, making crime syndicates and cartels richer without having to move as much product.

H2SO4s avatar H2SO4 No Way +10Reply
@H2SO4 It won't. The gun market, just like the liquor market during Prohibition, will move underground. Guns and...

I know that will probably happen, but my post was meant to say that it's worth a try to experiment which is worse, putting strict gun control laws or putting loose gun control laws.

Sewcdfs avatar Sewcdf Yeah You Are +7Reply
@Sewcdf I know that will probably happen, but my post was meant to say that it's worth a try to experiment which is worse...

The problem with that experiment is the possibility of there being more lives expended than lives currently lost due to gun crime. I understand the idea is to cut back on senseless gun deaths but sometimes what seems like a good solution to a problem isn't the best solution at all.

Of course gun violence will go down, but every other type of crime will go up. You're essentially serving up law-abiding citizens on a silver platter by disarming them for potential attackers.

But, now hear me out here, if everyone has a gun, crazy people will know that there are people to stop them from hurting someone.

K3V1Ns avatar K3V1N No Way +1Reply

Generally the government isn't too big on pissing people off with "experiments" when they could take more reasonable measures, like requiring background checks and psychological evaluations for gun buyers.

@Squaffle Generally the government isn't too big on pissing people off with "experiments" when they could take more...

Why are people blissfully unaware that they DO background checks when you buy a gun? It's a process, you can't just walk into a store and walk out with a gun. You have to fill out paperwork, wait 14 days while the state police do a background check on you, you go back to the store, and the shop-keeper calls the state police to verify whether or not they will allow you to bring home the firearm. Any felony charge automatically disqualifies you from owning a firearm for life. Any misdemeanor charge involving violence automatically disqualifies you from owning a firearm for life. Having been diagnosed with a severe enough psychological disorder prevents you from owning a firearm. Storing a firearm where it is accessible by someone unfit to own one is unlawful. And that's just long-guns. You aren't even allowed to hold a pistol at a gun-shop until you are 21 and have a pistol-permit. To get the permit, you have to take a class and submit a request to your local police department. Many states aren't even required to grant you the permit if the sheriff decides her doesn't want to.

Seriously, buying a firearm isn't like going to the store for a new chair or something.

if drugs cross the US borders easily so will be the Gun trade. Even the most sophisticated will be easily available .. Sad that, even americans are worried about their laws :(
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