The Barn Door
Consider for a moment the following website:
I am always surprised and saddened by the lack of sophistication on both sides in the "Gun Debate".
It is kind of scary.
Gun control is an extraordinarily difficult subject, it is resistant to any attempt to simplify the issue and the noisiest folks in the debates are usually those with the least to contribute. Somehow gun control has become a touchstone, an article of faith in the holy war between the defenders guns and those who wish to see them gone.
Pandora's box is open. The guns that are out there can't be called back. I am not interested in a civil war, so the thought that the government will go out and confiscate firearms is not one that I will ever support. But the truth of the matter is that there are too many guns out there.
I think that the folks who have guns aren't going to be giving them up without a struggle. I don't think that the problem of guns in the hands of criminals will suddenly disappear with the passage of a few laws. Crazy folks will still get access to guns that they shouldn't have.
The folks that think that passing a couple of laws and implementing some executive orders will solve the problem are deluded. Folks that think free and simple access to guns will solve the problem are deluded.
The horses are running away, closing the barn door may seem foolish, but there might be a horse or two left in there, we might want to keep them there.