"Implemented correctly, laws gradually change our culture and society and make certain behaviors less likely... If a law does prevent crime, so much the better, but that’s not the law’s primary function... If you own a car, you're responsible for certain things. We make you meet certain minimal requirements, we make you pass a test, we make you buy a license. We penalize you if you don’t use your car correctly, or if you operate it in an unsafe manner, or if you don’t maintain it with the minimum required safety features (or if you don’t use them), or if you modify it beyond acceptable limits. We make you buy insurance. If you drink and drive, you get to go to jail even if you don’t kill anybody. ..
Laws don’t stop vehicular crimes, but they for damned sure give us, society, at least some assurance that the majority of people operating vehicles on our roads meet some minimal qualifications and that there are legal penalties for those that fail to live up to their responsibilities – and those laws give us, society, legal recourse when all else fails.
We don't even do that much for gun ownership.
There is absolutely no reason for me to assume that you’re a responsible gun owner.
And that’s the problem.
Because far, far too many Americans aren’t."
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
...or I could let this retired Navy dude do my writing for me
If you don't like what I have to say about current gun laws in the US, maybe you'll listen to this guy instead: