Guns: War on Supply and Demand

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“Sitting Down...Again”

Since: Jan 07

Orlando

#1 Feb 10, 2007
An overview of war on supply and demand related to guns, very similar to the American drug war:

1. America illegalizes possession of guns by any citizen except military and law enforcement, dropping supply of guns for both good and criminal citizens.
2. Demand for guns remains unchanged among criminals while demand for guns drops, but does not cease to exist, among good citizens.
3. 3rd world country business men, recognizing the drop in America’s supply of guns, begin gun production for smuggling into America.
4. No taxes will be collected on guns smuggled into America.
5. Police forces will be expanded for searching out gun smugglers, at great cost to productive citizens.
6. Raids conducted in 3rd world countries to destroy factories or seize production reduce the amount of illegal guns sold in America, driving up the selling price of illegal guns. America’s higher selling price strongly motivates more business men to produce guns, flooding America’s market with even more guns than were originally slipping through.
7. Productive, non-government Americans with clean records will now have less access to guns than criminals. This will create a severe power shift among non-government Americans, favoring criminals.
8. Police forces, reactionary by design, will now be expected to become a defensive force.

Summary:
a. Less tax revenue.
b. Greater police spending billed to the American public.
c. Non-government power shift, favoring criminals.

In addition to the economics, a reason to keep guns in the hands of productive citizens is to maintain a psychological equality with the police as armed citizens aren’t helpless without the police babysitting force and because armed citizens can protect themselves long before the police ever arrive.
Lisa

Hugo, MN

#2 Jan 21, 2013
The U.S will not, and does not intend to keep guns in general out of the hands of civilians. It is in the constitution. A balanced view of which guns should be available to novices is the issue. There is no reason any private citizen should have access to military grade weapons.

“Winchester Model 1894”

Since: Apr 07

Roy, Washington

#3 Jan 21, 2013
Lisa wrote:
The U.S will not, and does not intend to keep guns in general out of the hands of civilians. It is in the constitution. A balanced view of which guns should be available to novices is the issue. There is no reason any private citizen should have access to military grade weapons.
Lisa, your post was well thought-out and well written, but there are a few things that our for-fathers could never have concidered.

In our right to "keep and bear arms", what kind of arms would that be? Does the average citizen have the right to own a .50 calibre rifle? or perhaps a semi-automatic assault rifle? In WW2 a very wise Japanese officer said "It would be suicide to invade the U.S., behind every blade of grass is a rifle". Very true words, but now we are using them on our selves.

This has been a long standing issue and there is no clear answer; If you ever get a chance watch the movie "Red Dawn" it's an eye-opener.
Elohimsokie

Broken Bow, OK

#4 Jan 22, 2013
Lisa wrote:
The U.S will not, and does not intend to keep guns in general out of the hands of civilians. It is in the constitution. A balanced view of which guns should be available to novices is the issue. There is no reason any private citizen should have access to military grade weapons.
The U.N. Agenda 21 says no guns for citizens.This is what they will eventualy try to go by. Guns were used for hunting and to protect themselfs for currupt gov. Yes we need millatary type weapons.

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