Sometimes a ban can even make the good or service more
readily available than if it were legal. Take the case of
illegal drugs for example. It is
much easier for a teen to get hold of marijuana than
Illegality also imparts the good or service with a certain
appeal. The 1920’s prohibition of alcohol in the USA gave
glamour to the underground bars. Likewise today, we see how
drug dealing has been idealized in parts of the hip-hop
We should also remember that producing, buying, selling or
owning a weapon does not in any way harm anybody. The
initiation of violence against others or their property,
with or without guns, is what needs to be punished.
Victimless, voluntary exchanges are not crimes.
I suppose Congresswoman McCarthy spends time in Washington
DC, where some of the most draconian gun laws have been in
effect since 1976. The prohibition on handguns in DC was
recently struck down, but she should be familiar with the
high crime rate that has raged for decades in the District
of Columbia, and with the fact that harsh laws did not stop
violent criminals from carrying guns there. Restrictive gun
laws disarm law abiding citizens, not criminals.
We may contrast the District of Columbia with Switzerland,
which has one of the highest private gun ownership rates in
the world, and where gun crime rates are
statistically insignificant. That little country has no
professional army, so Swiss males between the ages of 18 and
42 are required by law to keep a fully automatic assault
rifle at home. While conscription should not be advocated,
we should note that the Swiss don’t go around shooting each
other, just like we don’t go around stabbing each other to
death in spite of the fact that we all have big, sharp,
lethal knives in our kitchens.
While we feel for the friends and families of the victims,
and many people think bans are the right thing to do, they
simply do not produce the desired effects. There was once a
world without guns, and it was a world in which both cruelty
and crime were definitely present.
Do not let politicians manipulate you through your emotions.
Oppose the passing of legislation that restricts your
freedom, endangers your privacy and causes problems while