Australia is Australia and England is England. Let’s look at America’s own history for a moment, shall we?
(NOTE: This is, for the most part, a direct copy/paste of a reply I made to another post recently, so if you’re experiencing deja vu, relax, this isn’t a glitch in the Matrix.)
Time and again, in the wake of tragic shootings, people have called for guns to be banned in America. It’s about time for that nonsense to be put to rest.
If there’s one thing all of these shootings have irrefutably proved, it’s that marking an area as a place where guns are forbidden does nothing to stop someone from bringing a gun in and killing people. They make the people in them feel safe, but the only people actually protected by “gun-free zones” is the shooters. They have 100% of the weapons, they have 100% of the power. Everyone in that GFZ is a sitting duck for them.
Look at every mass shooting that’s happened in the past 20 years and compare how many happened in GFZs versus how many occurred in non-GFZs. Look at the crime rates for cities with strict gun control (Chicago, IL) and for cities with very loose gun control (Kennesaw, GA). While looking at Chicago’s figures, look at how its crime rate dropped in tandem with gun control laws relaxing enough to allow people to apply for concealed-carry permits.
Look up the effects Prohibition had on the alcohol industry. Moonshiners, speakeasies, the Mafia…Americans had no shortage of access to booze even when the government said there could be no booze anywhere in the country.
Look at how widespread illegal drugs and human trafficking are in this country. Then look at how drug-related crimes have changed in areas like Colorado, Washington, and Alaska since they legalized marijuana.
Regardless of how things may have turned out in other countries, the evidence is clear: Banning guns on the small-scale has proven to be a failure in America, and banning booze, drugs, and anything on a national scale has proven to be a failure in America as well.
How could anyone logically come to the conclusion that banning guns on a national scale could possibly be anything other than an unmitigated failure in this country?
We’re not Australia. We’re not the UK. We’ve tried this shit with other things, we’ve tried it small-scale, and we’ve spent the last 1.15 centuries proving that banning people from having something in this country just plain doesn’t work.