I get the Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America Facebook feed. Anytime anyone is shot MDA waves the bloody shirt. The younger the victim, the better. For example, “A two-year-old toddler, Mackenzie Baskins, was hospitalized after being struck by a bullet from a drive-by shooting that targeted several houses in a North Carolina neighborhood this week. It was the fourth shooting in Charlotte within a two-day period.” Gang banging ain’t the point. The post’s underlying concept . . .
if we banned guns, babies wouldn’t get shot.
It’s a totally preposterous proposition. You can’t eliminate guns or “gun violence.” America is home to some 300+ million guns. Certain models excepting, none of these guns will cease functioning for the next 100 years. And if all guns did suddenly cease to function, or if the banners somehow confiscated all of them, criminals would be able to make guns easily enough.
Truth be told, the gunpowder genie left the bottle more than a thousand years ago. There’s no going back. All we can do is arm the innocents against the bad guys. A strategy that has helped America’s violent crime rates plummet over the last three decades.
To appreciate the similarity between believing in unicorns and working towards a “gun-free” world, let’s travel to the country where gunpowder began: the People’s Republic of China. Anti-gunners often hold up this civil rights black hole as the paragon of gun-free zone virtue. T’ain’t necessarily so. Check this dispatch from gulftoday.ae . . .
BEIJING: A 51-year-old Chinese bank employee in the country’s northeast fatally wounded two bank officials on Wednesday with a shotgun in a rare shooting incident, local media reported.
Local newspapers from the Liaoning province said the man, upset over a monetary dispute with his employer, opened fire on the president, the union chairman and two other colleagues in the lobby of a local branch of People’s Bank of China.
Liaoshen Evening News said the suspect, identified by his family name Liu, was taken into custody. The paper said the man also wounded some bank customers. Calls to the local police were unanswered on Wednesday evening.
China bans private ownership of firearms but allows purchase of shotguns in regions that have a hunting tradition.
Violent incidents in China usually involve more primitive weapons such as cleavers and knives.
Well then, ban hunting guns! And when you’re done with that, follow the UK’s lead and ban cleavers and knives (I kid you not). And just for fun, ban police/government accountability. Oh wait. That’s a feature not a feature. If you know what I mean.
If you don’t, you might want to think about it. Citizens with guns keep governments honest. Without them, it isn’t. Speaking of inconvenient truth, how many of these incidents of “gun violence” in China remain unreported? More to the point, gun free zones = killing fields, whether we’re talking about Indianapolis or Liaoshen.