I hate guns, I despise them, and wish they had never been invented.
That being said, Pandora's box was opened when the founding fathers put the right to bear arms in the Bill of Rights. That document has been
enshrined and held up as the 10 rights of all citizens that no one has the right to fool with for over 200 years. That puts those who oppose gun
ownership on a mountain of an uphill battle, no matter how many people die.
On top of that, I don't think people realize just how many guns are in the US right now.
There are between 270 and 310 million guns in the US.
That's nearly 1 gun for
man, woman, and
living here. That number doesn't take into account the guns owned by the various branches of the military, or by law enforcement.
If, by some miracle, three fourths of the states were to ratify an amendment
is no way all of those guns are going to be confiscated. You're going to have career criminals, as well as ordinary citizens, hiding them.
Connecticut recently passed a law requiring all "assault rifles" to be registered.
Only between 5 and
10% of the citizens complied.
Under the law, the other 90% are now felons. That is how serious Americans take their rights.
Now you have to take into account the consequences of passing such a law. Say it is passed, all that is going to do is expand the black market for
fire arm ownership. The US has 7514 miles of border. (12092km.)
there is another 95000 miles (152888km) of ocean border. That is a lot of space for smugglers to bring in guns for those people who want them, and for
those with the money they are going to get their guns one way or another.
If you think the war on drugs is bad, wait until you see what the war on guns would look like it if made it to this point.
From the pragmatic side of things, the US is handling guns about the best way we can right now, all things considered. The government can't
confiscate all of them, we don't have a list of every owner to do so. Requiring such lists have proven to fail time and time again. Even if a list
were successfully created, there is not enough manpower in the civilian law enforcement agencies to pull off confiscation before a majority of the
guns are hidden.
If it were attempted, you would have more Waco
events. If you were to try to bring the military into it, you would be looking at the
second US Civil War.
Do I know what the answer is to help lower the number of deaths due to guns in the US? No. I do know that banning them is not the answer though.