The Practicality of Gun Bans in America

Above is a link to an article I wrote and published on medium.com. I'd appreciate any feedback. Below is an excerpt:

Let’s imagine that we have a magic wand obtained from an ancient fairy that will instantly and magically collect 100% of these rifles from their owners and pay them (using taxpayer money) “fair compensation”. These rifles in all their configurations run from about $400 to $6,000. You can spend more if you wish. Let’s assume that the average compensation paid will be $1,000. 10 million x $1000 = $10 Billion. That’s conservatively the cost to confiscate (with compensation) every semi-automatic centerfire rifle in the US. It doesn’t include any of the infrastructure or labor costs to collect and destroy these rifles, so the actual cost would be significantly higher.

But, back to our thought experiment:

The wand works! BAM! No semi-automatic rifles in the US. 100% done. Fixed. What happens?

Murders drop from 15,129 to 14,729. That’s about 3%. Or do they?

Do bad guys that would use a semi-automatic rifle give up, or do they switch to another weapon? Do mass shooters start volunteering at the local soup kitchen because AR-15s are unavailable or do they use a semi-automatic handgun like the gunman at Virginia Tech did in the worst mass shooting ever on a college campus and the third deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in the US with 33 killed and 23 injured?


  • serfserf Member Posts: 7,539 ✭✭✭
     You just start with the rapid fire one's first and work down the list until all firearms are banned. Don't you know hunting for animal  flesh is uncivilized yet? Well you will be,give it about 5 years after the first ban of semi auto rifles.
  • Horse Plains DrifterHorse Plains Drifter Member Posts: 35,743 ✭✭✭✭
    Yep, what serf said. Bump stocks were summarily banned about a year ago. Many on this board were just fine with that.
  • Don McManusDon McManus Member Posts: 21,961 ✭✭✭✭
    To carry forward from HPD's post.

    Many support the NFA of 1934 and its restrictions on full auto firearms.
    They also support the Reagan ban on new manufacture of full auto and select fire weapons for the proletariat.
    They support the NICs checks system and its inherent re-definition of the word 'people' when used is phrases such as 'The right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.
    Gun bans are alive and well in America.
    Painting a picture of how potential additional bans may not be effective misses the fundamental point that we have a Bill of Rights that is being ignored on many fronts, and most people in this country simply accept it.  
    Freedom and a submissive populace cannot co-exist.

    Brad Steele
  • mohawk600mohawk600 Member Posts: 2,922 ✭✭✭
    edited June 3
    Yep, what serf said. Bump stocks were summarily banned about a year ago. Many on this board were just fine with that.
    Binary trigger.........mo' betta'
  • select-fireselect-fire Member Posts: 63,063 ✭✭✭✭
    Gun deaths per 100k data for SC is not correct at 15... watch live PD in Richland Co.
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