The Unintended Consequences of Gun Control

American Thinker

In  1996, John Ross penned what has become a classic story of what might happen when  the federal government oversteps its bounds and clamps down too hard on guns in  the hands of law-abiding Americans.  So chilling is the story, so graphic  in its descriptions of how some Americans might fight back, that Mr. Ross and  his wife were hounded and intimidated by federal authorities.

Yet  the title of his novel speaks loudly about what the gun-grabbers can expect when  they legislate from emotion rather than fact.  There, in Unintended  Consequences, many of them lost their fictional lives.  Here, in  real-life America, we have magnets that draw armed lunatics into schools, malls,  and other venues where guns are banned.

So  we need more gun laws!  We need to reinstitute the assault weapons  ban!

Let’s  recall.

 

In  1994, Congress implemented a so-called “assault weapons” ban.  Basically,  this law forbade the sale of guns that had two or more “assault” features.   Pistol grips, telescoping stocks, bayonet  lugs, extended magazine tubes, flash suppressors, and other accessories could  suddenly turn a “lawful” gun into the singularly loathsome “assault weapon.”   In fact, when I added an extended magazine tube to a Benelli Super 90  shotgun before I first removed the pistol grip, I was, for the 20 minutes it  took me to pull the pistol grip, committing a felony.

The  law also banned “high-capacity” magazines.  Henceforth, no magazine could  be manufactured containing more than ten rounds.

Okay,  fine and good.  We all made do.  We lived.  We got really fast at  making magazine changes.  No one came to arrest me.

But  the law was clearly foolish.  Something not appreciated by the gun ban  folks is that it takes barely a half-second to drop a magazine out of a handgun  and ram a fresh one home.  Of course, in a combat scenario, even that  half-second could be important.  But in the Sandy Hook Elementary, with no  armed person nearby, a madman leisurely walked and killed.  Magazine  capacity meant nothing to him.

Indeed,  another item not known by leftists is that high-capacity systems are far more  prone to jamming.  The shooter in the Aurora, Colorado movie theatre was  frustrated by a jam of his drum magazine.  In the Clackamas Town Center  mall outside Portland, Oregon, the killer was trying to un-jam his gun when an  armed citizen leveled his concealed Glock 22 on him.  The Clackamas shooter  looked down the barrel of the Glock, walked away, and killed  himself.

Might  we thank our lucky stars for those high-capacity magazines?

There  are more unintended consequences.

Since  1994, we have experienced a tidal wave of small, imminently concealable,  beautifully designed and manufactured handguns.  Faced with the realization  that large guns with thick grips capable of packing in more than ten rounds was  a nonstarter, manufacturers began  designing smaller, thinner, much sleeker guns that held only, or even less than,  ten rounds.  The Kahr K9 & P9, the Glock 26 & 27, and others began  selling like hotcakes.  Buoyed by the ever-increasing number of states  passing shall-issue concealed carry laws, manufacturers began designing ever  smaller and more concealable guns, many of which sometimes sold faster than they  could be made.

Sarah  Brady had to be grinding her teeth at night in frustration for what she had  started.

We  don’t know what she and President Obama will unleash on us now.  Will all  semi-auto rifles be banned?  Only those with pistol grips and flash  suppressors?  Only those chambered for the 5.56 NATO or larger  rounds?

Time  will tell.  Nevertheless, once implemented, time will also reveal yet more  unintended consequences that a free market will naturally find.

I can’t wait to check out the new calibers and new guns.

Oh,  and there’s one more unintended consequence in the news…  Imagine if  Judge Bork had been confirmed.  The Supreme Court would in short order be  5-4 for the idea that the Second Amendment applies only to a  militia.

Thank  goodness for unintended consequences.

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