The Unintended Consequences of Gun Control
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!
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.
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