Ban guns and pass the joint

Any time a new law is suggested or passed I like to ask two questions, what is the intent and will it actually accomplish it.

In the wake of last weeks shooting several people have been calling for gun bans ranging from complete and total bans to bans on certain types of weapons.

Their intent is to provide a safer society but will disarming those who follow the law protect us from those who don't?

We already have laws outlawing murder.  Schools are already declared "gun free" zones.

Yahoo's lead story this afternoon about the shooting had an interesting point to consider in addition to those two facts:

Shooting his mother while she slept and preloading numerous rounds of ammunition into the gun clips signals that Lanza was on a mission, O'Toole said.

"He wanted to accomplish maximum lethality," O'Toole said. "He was not out of touch with reality. I think he put some security measures in place so he wouldn't be stopped."

"If you pick older people you are going to have some blowback," O'Toole said. "He didn't want people to interfere. When people take security measures like that, you know what you are doing is wrong."

Which unfortunately meant choosing the most helpless of victims, she added.

When you are assured the area is a "gun free" zone populated by mostly small children who could not over power you that's about as helpless as you can get.

Here are some additional random facts to consider...

Drugs, until recently have been 100% banned and considered illegal but yet nearly anyone who wants them can find places to get them.

Prostitution is illegal in most of the country but even here in NH both men or women seeking someone to service their needs can find those willing to exchange sex for money.

Alcohol was declared banned at one point in this country but yet it furbished in speak easies.  And when prohibition was repealed the Utica Club Brewery was able to begin selling beer within minutes of the law being signed.

When looking at the top 10 countries for violent crime, the US isn't in the top 10.  United Kingdom however is #1.  The US violent crime rate is 466 violent crimes per 100,000 people compared to the UK at 2,034 per 100,000.

Crime rates have risen in countries that have enacted total gun bans.  England's crime rate rose 40% for gun crimes the first two years after the ban went into effect.

Something to think about.

I'm all for laws that keep us safe from others (not ourselves) but so far I have yet to be convinced that any suggest gun bans would accomplish anything beyond a false sense of security.