Restricting gun ownership and restricting the type of guns will not make a difference to the number of shooting in the United States, due to the existing prevalence of unregistered firearms and the nature of criminal gangs. Hence we should spend our time and effort campaigning for a blanket ban as if we concede that the 2nd amendment allows individuals the right to keep firearms instead of as part of a state militia we will never be able to deliver real change that will improve the safety of people`s lives. Indeed challenging the status quo of constitutionalism would be very healthy for American politics as a whole. Policy debates such as the debate over ObamaCare often boil down to the question of constitutionality and what government can and should be allowed to do. While this is an important question, It maybe more efficient and publicly enlightening to instead focus on a cost benefit analysis of the issue at hand.
It's a silly idea to want to restrict firearms. Haven't we learned our lesson from the laws which attempt to restrict alcohol, drugs, and prostitution? They fail at stopping criminals while growing organized crime organizations and raising crime rates. Would a ban on guns stopped Adam Lanza? No, he could have driven his truck into a busy side walk and easily killed just as many innocents. The idea that the Connecticut Killer would have just stayed home in his basement because a gun ban was in place seems very unrealistic to me. Disarming the innocents will not protect them from criminals, the best response is to make innocents hard targets, by giving them the best means of self defense.
How in the world do you proposed that this happen?
By your screen name I can see that you are another far left liberal radical who hasn't a clue to what is going on in the World or the USA.
"The Constitution shall never be construed to prevent the people of the United States who are peaceable citizens from keeping their own arms."
- Samuel Adams
"The phrase "right of the people to keep and bear arms" was first used in the text of the United States Bill of Rights (coming into law as the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States), although similar legal wording can be found in the Pennsylvania Constitution of 1776 and the English Bill of Rights 1689 which states "Subjects which are Protestants may have Arms for their Defense"."
Here are a few quotes from America's founding fathers:
"A free people ought to be armed."
- George Washington
"A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
- George Washington
"The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes.... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
- Thomas Jefferson (quoting 18th century criminologist Cesare Beccaria)
"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." - Thomas Jefferson
"The Constitution of most of our states (and of the United States) assert that all power is inherent in the people; that they may exercise it by themselves; that it is their right and duty to be at all times armed."
- Thomas Jefferson
"Arms in the hands of citizens may be used at individual discretion in private self defense."
- John Adams
"To disarm the people is the most effectual way to enslave them."
- George Mason
"Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms."
- James Madison
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined.... The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun."
- Patrick Henry
"... Arms ... Discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, and preserve order in the world as well as property.... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the law-abiding) deprived the use of them."
- Thomas Paine
Lets see how have government bans worked in the past? Well there is prohibition, lasted all of 10 years and led to a rise in organized crime. The other big one is the banning of narcotics, also failing miserably if the amount of drug material at my school is anything to judge by, and also leading to a huge rise in organized crime.
No, I do not think that the Democrats should abandon attempts to restrict gun ownership and should continue their efforts to make sure that people who are capable to own guns are the ones in possession of guns. I think that a ban on guns goes too far and would impede the Second Amendment.
This country will never get anywhere if we insist on campaigning for a gun ban. Realistically, guns can never as a whole be banned. People cling to their gun too much for us to completely ban them. Guns absolutely should be regulated to keep them out of unsafe hands. Banning guns will never happen.