Why do so many people distrust gun control activists? Part of it is for the simple reason that gun control itself doesn’t really work. But there is another, stronger reason that many people oppose gun control: it’s because they understand, both instinctively and from empirical observation, that gun control never, ever stops with just one law. There’s always one more regulation, one more restriction right around the corner. Consider, for example, the European Union:
The European Union has agreed to ban sales of the most dangerous semi-automatic firearms, and to make it much harder to legally buy other weapons in the EU.
People across the EU will now have to go through medical checks before getting a license to buy firearms. Online sales will also be limited.
Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, called the agreement a “milestone in gun control in the EU.”
“We have fought hard for an ambitious deal that reduces the risk of shootings in schools, summer camps or terrorist attacks with legally held firearms,” he said.
Do tell. As a matter of fact, the EU already has fairly restrictive firearm laws on the books; why do they need more? Presumably it’s because the current laws failed to stop various criminals and terrorists from committing mass murder with guns. But it is important to examine the nature of that failure: it is worth asking whether the laws simply fail to prohibit the gunmen from acquiring their weapons (was it outright legal for the gunmen to buy their weapons?), or if the laws failed on an extrasystemic level (did the gunmen simply ignore the laws and buy their guns illegally?).
Evidence points to the latter, at least in a lot of cases—that the criminals simply ignored the laws and bought their weapons illegally. This appears to be the case in both of the recent Islamist attacks in Paris, in the July 2016 Munich massacre, the 2011 Liege attack which featured M84 stun grenades, the July 2016 shooting in Serbia—and surely numerous other lower-profile attacks that haven’t been widely reported on. In all of these cases, the gunmen broke the laws that already existed instead of taking advantage of any lax laws already on the books; the problem, therefore, is likely not one of legality. Nevertheless, the European Union is set on throwing up even more roadblocks for law-abiding gun owners. That’s the modus operandi for gun controllers: they punish people who have done nothing wrong in order to impede criminals who aren’t going to obey the law in the first place.
Gun activists are thus correct to resist any efforts to impede on our gun rights: these efforts never stop, for one, and the intended targets of these laws (potential mass murderers) are far less affected by these efforts than countless law-abiding people who just want to keep themselves and their families safe. But for the tireless efforts of the gun rights lobby in America, we could have easily experienced many more “milestones in gun control” in this country; thankfully, we have the Second Amendment, and a fiercely independent culture willing to defend it.
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Source: What Laws May Come|Daniel Payne