Are you familiar with radio talk show host Dennis Prager?
If not, I recommend that you check out his show. He is one of the most influential conservative voices on the airwaves.
In addition to his talk show, Prager has a Youtube channel called “Prager University,” where he invites right-leaning scholars, academics, and thinkers on to discuss hot-button topics.
Recently, on the Prager University Youtube channel, Nicholas Johnson, professor of Law at Fordham University, asked the question, “What Should We Do About Guns?”
In answering that question, Johnson explains the limitations to supply-side approaches to gun control aka “gun bans” and why such measures would fail to work in the U.S.
What it boils down to, and this is my opinion, is that America has hundreds of millions of firearms and even if a nationwide gun ban was instituted, only a fraction of the population would comply with the prohibition. Criminals would, of course, disobey the gun ban as would a percentage of irate gun owners who believe that banning firearms is a violation of their 2A rights.
Therefore, banning guns in the U.S. is a complete non-starter because there is no way — aside from enacting martial law, which would inevitably trigger an insurrection — to peaceably enforce it. Plus, so long as criminals maintain possession of firearms gun crime will persist, which was the very purpose of the ban in the first place, to eliminate gun crime.
The real way to tackle gun crime is not via supply, it’s via demand. Finding ways to reduce the criminal demand for firearms will lead to a reduction in gun-related violence. How do we undercut the criminal demand for firearms? By fostering a society that creates fewer criminals through better education, job opportunities that pay a livable wage, affordable housing and other real opportunities that are ultimately more attractive than a life of crime.
Bad apples certainly exist in this world, but many criminals weren’t bad apples to begin with but broke bad because of one or more of the following conditions: they grew up in squalor, were poorly educated, couldn’t find full-time employment, had crappy parents, became addicted to drugs at a young age, among others.
So, addressing gun crime starts with addressing those who commit it, not the tools they used to perpetrate it. If we really work on creating a better society, a real reduction in gun crime will follow. The mistake is to believe that our Second Amendment is at odds with our public safety. That is certainly not the case (The 2A is there to secure our safety). Crime rates have never been contingent on the number of firearms in a country. Rather, crime rates have always been contingent on the number of criminals in a country. Once we understand this we can stop this nonsense about banning firearms and direct all that time, energy and money into taking bad apples off the streets and helping those who desperately need it.