Last week I showcased a bunch of stories about a variety of people using an assortment of guns for self defense – the point being, the danger a gun poses is directly related to the intentions of the person holding the gun, and nothing else.
Dan Phillips wrote over on his blog this week along this same vein:
The simple and decisive counter is that there IS no law, and there CAN BE no law, that would have prevented either incident — unless it be a law authorizing the confiscation of every last firearm in possession. And that idea is sheer idiocy. First, it couldn't be done. More, it shouldn't be done. It would leave yet more innocent, law-abiding citizens vulnerable to criminals...and to governmental stormtroopers. So that's a non-starter.
All this brings us back to this: once again, the problem is human nature. And that's a problem that no law can remedy.
What America needs is what Britain needs, which is what Israel needs, which is what Switzerland needs, which is what South Africa needs, which is what every tribe and nation and people needs. We need something that will transform our natures, that will take a violent woman or man who is bent on conquest and theft, and will transform him or her into one who loves and gives.
I highly encourage you to jump over and read the entire thing, because (typically) he says what I want to say more eloquently, and concisely, than I would say it.
Until we can solve the problem of human nature, it doesn’t matter what weapons we ban. Murder is already illegal, and yet murders are still committed every day. Trying to change the tools of the murderer won’t solve the real problem. Neither taking away tools of defense from the potential victims.