I’m sorry you feel that way, but its a pretty basic law of economics that the more expensive something gets, the more scarce it becomes. We have tens of thousands of 18 year old college freshmen who seem to be able to grasp the concept…
When it’s more scarce, its more scarce on subsequent, secondary markets as well (even the black market).
When it’s more scarce, its less available to steal.
As to the 350m already out there - you’re totally right; too many. And while the plastic guns may not last as long and older weapons, I’m totally for a voluntary buyback as well. Those are proven to suck up guns, particularly during the next recession
Given the education level of most criminals, if they had to resort to homemade firearms, what a far safer world it will be!
If they have access to the expensive equipment and extensive education required to actually mill one out of billet steel and aluminum, I seriously doubt those folks would be engaged in a life of crime. So sounds good to me!
For every tutorial on youtube you find about a guy making a “pipe gun” in his garage, you can also find one of some moron actually trying it and often nearly blowing one of his fingers off.
I’m well aware. And looking back at the last few posts, it looks like we weren’t really focusing exclusively on rifles. Automatics are just a nice data point because they’re nearly banned and so few crimes are committed with them. There’s probably a relationship there.
That doesn’t seem to actually be true. The last time the ATF studied it, the primary place criminals obtained their firearms was through straw-sales followed by direct buys from dirty dealers who would just write someone else’s name on the background forms for a little extra cash. Theft actually wasn’t super-high on the list.
Yours is yet another misperception by supporters of the gun lobby, it all seriousness.
You have to dehumanize your opponents so it makes it easier to just dismiss their reasonable claims rather than address them; a well-worn tactic.
A common troupe on the other side is that most pro-gun folks get portrayed as such:
“A score of dead kids at Sandyhook? 500 dead and wounded in Vegas? Just the cost of liberty, boys! Now pass me my ammo, by the grace of God!”.
So lets avoid the cheap rhetoric and actually consider one another’s points like adults do.