I was going to write a post pointing out that Adama Lanza obviously chose Sandy Hook Elementary School as the venue for his massacre in the full knowledge that he wouldn’t face any armed resistance and had any of the teachers at the school been armed, he might have been stopped before he killed 26 people. I was also going to point out that a ban on regular capacity magazines would have made no difference to the amount of people he killed because he fired off around 150 rounds, frequently changing magazines, and missing far more than he hit. And that a ban on semi-automatic rifles won’t prevent the next mass murderer from getting hold of one, or just as easily carry out a massacre with a shotgun, rifle, semi-automatic pistol or revolver.
I was also going to point out that Obama hasn’t lost any sleep over the Sandy Hook School massacre, he didn’t know any of the children or teachers who were killed, he has no connection to the area, and he bears no responsibility for what happened. If he really cared he wouldn’t be exploiting their deaths for cheap political gain. And that Wayne LaPierre is no better with his mental health register. Lanza was a sadistic, bitter, loser but he probably wasn’t crazy, he wasn’t diagnosed with any serious mental health condition, and most people who suffer from mental health conditions are no more threat to society than people who don’t. But LaPierre comment on armed guards at schools was just plain ludicrous – no one is going to send their children to a school patrolled by armed guards, who will search Is everyone as they walk through the gate. What will they do to kids who get caught fighting – send them down the hole? And will after school detention be replaced with chain gangs?
But I thought it would be far better to address the real issue: gun prohibition doesn’t work. Only frothing-at-the-mouth hoplophobes and sandal wearing pacifists think that a total ban on private ownership of firearms is an achievable goal in America. Firearms are always going to be readily available to the majority of American adults, so anyone who wants to get hold of firearm will be able to either legally or illegally because there are so many guns in circulation. Concealed carry prohibitions are equally ineffective because as long as the firearm can be concealed, it can be carried without anyone else noticing. Even banning a particular type of firearm doesn’t make it less available when the UK passed a handgun ban in ’97 the consequences were more handguns on the street and more gun crime. American gun prohibitionists tend to ignore that fact when they hold up the UK’s gun prohibition laws as a paradigm of virtue. They also neglect to mention that the majority of the UK police are unarmed, which has led to police officers being shot dead because criminals have no problem accessing firearms, including automatic weapons. Anyone who wants a firearm in the UK can easily buy one illegally. The same is true all over Europe. It’s not difficult to get hold of a Kalashnikov in continental Europe with open borders throughout the EU.