“A frenzy of attempts at preventive policy making follows each high-profile incident but actually creates the conditions for future failure . . .
“Gun prohibition produces the same problems as drug or alcohol prohibition; attempts to restrict harmless sale and possession in order to catch a minority of misusers yield all kinds of unintended consequences.
“Black markets make the purchase of prohibited items riskier and more expensive, and make the transactions untraceable.
“Bans are likely to be disproportionately enforced among black and Muslim gun owners, increasing racial disparities.
“Narrowly tailored restrictions will push product development teams at big firearms manufacturers and garage tinkerers alike to find workarounds that circumvent the letter of the law.
“And any mass confiscation of illegal weapons or accessories will lead to more violence, as die-hard gun rights believers inevitably fight back against law enforcement.” – Katherine Mangu-Ward in How to Talk to Your Kids About Guns [via reason.com]