WEAKNESS OF THE THE ANTI-ANTI-GUN ARGUMENT (Part 1)
1. Criminals who want a gun will get them, even if there are strict gun control laws. Only the law abiding, future crime victims, will obey the ban.
Even in countries that have a near total ban on ownership of guns, criminals will smuggle in guns, just like drugs are smuggled in. More sophisticated criminal gangs will even manufacture their own guns, or “reactivate” guns that were “deactivated”, such as in the UK. In short, no matter what laws are passed, criminals will have guns just as they have drugs. (5 Reasons to Support Gun Rights and Oppose Gun Control at www.learnaboutgunscom )
JOHN REMOLLO PETALCORIN: It is difficult to stop private transaction, such as the illegal trade of guns. But it is easy to stop the illegal movement of guns from one place to another. The key factor that makes a tighter gun-carry control policy effective is CHECKPOINT. If there is an effective checkpoint system, all person, future criminals or not, will rationally not take the risk to carry gun without authorization.
Yes, I believe those lawless elements will be hassled with the checkpoints because these are at RANDOM yet STRATEGIC places and time. Checkpoints will hassle not only the lawless elements with guns but also the illegal drug carriers. Increasing the hassle will increase the risk of committing the crime -- it will make the crime not worth committing.
The risk of committing a crime is a factor of time and distance. Time is the moment the criminal leaves the house up to the time he is home to his safehouse. Distance is the the segment of his movement from one place to another from his house to the crime scene and back to his safehouse. I figured out that crime PREVENTION should be focused on the space and time the criminal is traveling -- and the only thing you can inject to increase the RISK he is facing is an Effective Checkpoint system.
If you are launching a checkpoint for a population that is generally composed of innocent persons, you have to make the checkpoint fast, convenient, and polite. It is important that it should be very easy for the Police to adjudicate at the checkpoint because the simple rule is, only law enforcement personnel in uniform and on duty are authorized to carry firearm.
When only cops have guns, it's called a "police state". -- Claire Wolfe, "101 Things To Do Until The Revolution"
JOHN REMOLLO PETALCORIN: When only cops have guns, it's called a "police state", and a police state is the best policy in public places, streets, and outside the households in general. However, inside the houses/offices of the population, the people should be allowed to own/rent guns as a proactive defense equipment used solely for their life/property protection inside their residences/offices, subject to high qualification/discipline standard set by the state.