It is no secret that I think that gun control laws are just about the silliest things ever. I know a lot of people, even close friends of mine, disagree with my opinion. That's OK. It is pretty obvious to me that with the inexorable decline in expectations of personal responsibility and the concurrent restriction of legitimate weapon ownership in many places around the world, things have gotten much less safe in recent years. On the one hand, societal attitude towards criminals seems to be: "There, there, you poor thing. You can't help it that you are an irresponsible asshole who preys on others. It's our fault. We as a society made you that way." Then, at the same time, we prevent honest, law-abiding people from protecting themselves against these miscreants. It is true: Wherever the ownership of firearms is criminalized, only criminals will have guns.
I always read the news releases of the Libertarian Alliance in Great Britain with interest, because their director, Dr. Sean Gabb, isn't afraid to tell it like he thinks it is. I don't always agree with him, but I do admire his spirit and his dedication.
Consider Dr. Gabb's statement in a recent pro-gun-ownership news release: "In fact, the only people who have no guns are the respectable. Those who do commit assaults are no more likely to obey the gun ban than they are to stop listening to horrid music or to wash their hands after using the toilet."
Great Britain has some of the most restrictive gun laws on the planet. It hasn't helped. A Reason Magazine article discusses why at length.
It hasn't helped here in Canada either, or in U.S. states where it is difficult or impossible to own guns for self-protection.
The positions on the topic, pro and con, are widely available. I am familiar with both sides, having discussed the subject many times with very bright and vocal friends who don't agree with me. I wonder how many people who react viscerally and negatively to the notion of legitimate gun ownership really know all the facts.
Probably not many.