It's my opinion only and please take it for what it's worth and I don't expect everyone to agree with me, but here it goes.
For me, the anti-gun argument is simply this:
As a society if we "ban" guns or make legal ownership more difficult, there would be less mass killings in particular and less homicides and
firearms related accidents in general.
On the face of it, there is some reasonableness to this statement but I think it’s a very naive way to view the world and it does not take into some
very real and practical considerations.
1) The United States has a lot of guns! Just waiving a wand and further restricting the sale of weapons (or outright banning further sales) will not
make much of a difference in the availability of firearms for any intended use.
In a 2009 study, there were over 300 million firearms in the United States in civilians possession: "114 million handguns, 110 million rifles and 86
million shotguns." And remember that there are about 225 million Americans over the age of 18 who can own rifles and shotguns too.
In terms of assault weapons, with just the AR-15 style alone, there is estimated to be around 4 million in civilians hands, and this does not include
other assault style models like the AK, SKS, FN-FAL or M14’s (just a few models for example) and just one version called the mini-14 has had over
800,000 made and sold in the US. If your curious, the total world wide production for the military’s M-16 production is around 8 million.
2) Criminals don’t follow the laws!
This one is my favorite. Anti-gun people assume criminals follow the law. Adam Lanza killed his own mother for access to her legally owned AR-15 so
he could use it in further crimes so I don’t think any other sort of law would have stopped Lanza from his murderous intent anyway. Another thing
to consider is that aside from persons obtaining firearms by criminal means of say burglary, theft or murder, they can do it much easier by simply
violating current firearms laws already on the books.
Any criminal can obtain a firearm by having someone else with a clean record who will pass a background check (a straw purchaser) buy the firearm for
them. This is already a federal crime but it happens all the time.
Ask yourself this question, How did convicted felon Evan Ebel, suspected the murder of Prisons Chief Tom Clements and a pizza delivery driver named
Nathan Collin Leon obtain a firearm? Think about this for a second, Ebel was released from prison in January (and went on to kill Clements and Leon
in March), after serving seven years in prison. Three for felony menacing, robbery and assault, another four for assaulting a guard. It was Ebel’s
second stretch in prison, after doing one year of a three-year term for felony armed robbery.
Was it a paperwork error? Did Ebel buy a ticket to a gun show and obtained a firearm that way? Did Ebel break into a gun owners home to steal his
weapon? Nope, his 22 year old girlfriend Stevie Marie Vigil (who does not have a criminal record) bought the firearm for him. Of course this is a
violation of federal law as a “straw purchaser” but it happens all the time under the current laws and nothing has been able to stop criminals
from obtaining firearms this way.
3) Evil always finds a way to do dastardly things.
I mention this because some people think banning firearms will just bring an end to violence and mass casualties and magically bring peace and a new
utopia to all of us. Again, this is also a very naïve notion as my experience is that evil will find a way to continue to bring death and mayhem no
matter what laws are their to constrain it.
Federal law prohibits firearms on commercial flights. Yet 19 hijackers armed with only box cutters lead to the deaths of nearly 2,500 Americans and
injured another 6,000 on 9/11. Timothy McVeigh weapon of choice was a U-haul truck loaded with explosive devices made with fertilizer and cost less
than $5,000 to make. His evil killed 168 and wounded over 680 others. The worst school massacre in US history was actually in May 18, 1927 that
occurred in Bath Township, MI where bombs planted in the school by a former school treasurer killed 44 people and wounded 58. Even in the Columbine
High School massacre in 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold showed up with not only firearms, but also 99 explosive devices including 2 20lb propane
bombs planted in the cafeteria that police say “Had the bombs exploded with full power, they would have killed or severely wounded all 488 students
in the cafeteria and possibly collapsed the ceiling, dropping part of the library into the cafeteria.”
More importantly, I’m afraid people intent on doing evil things will become better chemists in the future. Why be a disgruntled employee and walk
into a former employer’s workplace with a gun when you can simply poison the water cooler?