The radical left has reminded us again and again that “prohibition” doesn’t work for marijuana — nor for alcohol — and they celebrated the decriminalization of marijuana in Colorado and Washington. These same people now insist that firearms “prohibition” will somehow, magically, see the end of violent crime in America. Gun “prohibition” will be highly effective, they say to each other.
The prohibition quiz
Question: The banning of medical marijuana and recreational marijuana has caused which of the following effects?
A) The growth of a huge underground economy of illegal sales that pumps billions of dollars into the hands of drug gangs.
B) The filling of America’s prisons with non-violent criminals who don’t really deserve to be in prison.
C) The creation of a massive, tyrannical War on Drugs, complete with armed DEA raids on citizens’ homes and the growth of an armed domestic agency that terrorizes many Americans.
D) All of the above.
The answer, of course, is D… all of the above.
Everybody who has even half a brain still functioning knows that “prohibition” drives trade underground, where it ultimately results in MORE crime, not less crime.
If the War on Drugs is a failure, the War on Guns will be a bloody catastrophe.
Economics tells us what will really happen under gun prohibition
Economics is ultimately the study of human decision making and human behavior. When humans want something deeply enough — whether that be alcohol, cigarettes, guns or even crack cocaine — they will find a way to get it, regardless of its legality. As America learned the hard way through the era of prohibition in the 1920’s and 30’s, society achieves nothing by branding an entire class of consumers “criminals” for merely seeking out supply that satisfies their demand.
If the U.S. government criminalizes gun ownership, gun “prohibition”, you’re going to end up with gun gangs bullet smugglers, gun smugglers and gun parts merchants who operate in the dark, completely off the books.
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