The majority of the gun control rhetoric you hear worming its way around Washington is progressive, fact-free, folly. My friend, Bob Levy, Cato Institute Chairman and one of a handful of thoroughly objective gun control scholars in America, delivers the reality of the gun control issue. In short:
Millions of so-called assault weapons are now used for hunting, self- defense, target shooting, and even Olympic competition. Any attempt to buy them back would almost certainly backfire: Lawbreakers, who rely on their weapons, would retain them, as would mentally deranged persons who aren’t motivated by financial incentives.
There are hundreds of millions of magazines in circulation with a capacity of 10 rounds or more. Realistically, they cannot be confiscated. Homemade magazines are easy to assemble. Experienced users can replace an empty magazine in a couple of seconds.
Surveys indicate that less than 2 percent of guns used by criminals are bought at gun shows… Violence-prone buyers who fail those checks can purchase weapons illegally, or steal them.
It’s doubtful that new gun controls- imposed mostly on persons who are not part of the problem will be effective.