Monday, March 18, 2013

So called "logic" of gun bans.


To make the "logic" of gun bans a little more obvious, I'd like to use the analogy of cars as more familiar to everyone. Imagine a situation in which some tiny number of vehicles are used for criminal purposes, such as transporting drugs, kidnapping and drive-by shootings. By the logic currently applied to guns, the hypothetical car-banners can try several approaches:
  • Ban everyone from using the same kind of cars as used by the majority of criminals. If the most popular "crime car" is a Ford Escort, ban those. Or all compact sedans. As everyone, including criminals, switches to other types, ban the most popular of those.
  • Ban the most high-performance vehicles (or those with largest number of seats, greatest cargo capacity or some other useful feature) on the theory that they are most suitable for criminal use and evading police. Next year, ban the next to the most high performing types and so on.
  • Prohibit ownership to specific people, defining the "specific" people broadly enough to include everyone besides specifically exempted politicians and their, so called "public", servants.
  • More @ Oleg Volk 

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