80 percent of crime is committed by gangs--must be 'the gun lobby's' fault
Criminal gangs in the USA have swelled to an estimated 1 million members responsible for up to 80% of crimes in communities across the nation, according to a gang threat assessment compiled by federal officials.
What are we offered as solutions for this crime problem? Why, more gun laws, of course, under the . . . interesting strategy of attempting to use laws to restrain the behavior of the lawless. So, we're told that so-called "assault weapons" must be banned, despite the fact that more murders are committed by beatings and stranglings than through use of these politically incorrect firearms. Chicago residents (and until recently, Washington DC residents) are told that they cannot have handguns, despite the fact that they live in one of the most dangerous cities in the U.S.
Expecting gangs to be thwarted by such prohibitions is especially irrational, because as drug trafficking enterprises, their forte is control of illicit supply and distribution channels. Gun bans don't disarm them, they simply provide another black market for them to exploit, thus increasing their wealth and power even further. That, of course, is before one considers what to do about what Fordham University Law School Professor Nicholas J. Johnson refers to as the "remainder problem" (pdf file) of nearly 300 million privately owned guns already in circulation--guns that will not be affected by bans.
In short, restrictive gun laws have exactly zero likelihood of disarming criminal gangs, and instead serve only to impede those who scrupulously obey laws from obtaining the best means of defending themselves from the huge--and growing--threat of these gangs. Whose side are the gun prohibitionists on, anyway?
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