Does making certain guns illegal stop a mentally unbalanced person from killing? Heroin and crack have never even been legal, but that doesn’t stop the junkies hanging around the Greyhound bus station downtown from getting high.
People that want something bad enough are going to find a way to acquire it regardless of legality, regardless of heinousness. And if someone wants to kill another person, having less access to procure a firearm in a legal way doesn’t do much to deter them.
Which brings me to the real stars of this article; the monkeys from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Here’s a brief summary:
For the first time in history, man’s forbearers (whoa, talk about opening a can of worms, are you going to throw evolution into this article too, Paul?) figured out how to use “tools” (bones from the skeleton of a dead animal) to aid in acquiring food for survival. The second thing they learned was how to use these same bones for self-defense purposes in battle against predators at the water hole. And, the idea of murder with weapons was born.
Guns are not inherently evil. Rather, they are just the latest version of the “bone” that our evolved, advanced society uses for self-defense.
Banning guns is a smokescreen for the real issue - government funding for mental health is at a 30 year low, while the need for such services is proven to increase during tough economic times.
It’s easier to ban certain assault rifles (and garner immediate uptick in Q score) than it is to tackle the real elephant in the room. And Obama, in the midst of his second term, sure isn’t going to tackle that issue this late in his run as President.
Banning assault rifles doesn’t stop heinous gun crimes.
Even a monkey could figure this out.