People that do not live in America don't seem to realize that vast millions of guns are in private hands -
Neo: The cost of bearing those arms seems a lot higher and unfair, compared to a calamity which might not even occur.
ALL kinds of large-caliber rifles, handguns, semi-automatics. And they are cheap to buy. So NO new gun laws are going to eliminate people obtaining guns - you can already buy them everywhere, privately, with such sales being untraceable. And, for the most part, there would be no way of knowing who has what guns to legally confiscate them - because private sales between individuals have long typically not been recorded. If a record existed of a person owning a gun, and a law were passed to force turning it in, the person could simply lie and say they had sold it - which is what all the criminals would do. Here is the impossible:
1) To confiscate all guns - or anywhere near that; 2) To stop anyone from illegally obtaining guns because of the vast millions of them already available. Heck, I've got guns in my family that are nearly 100 years old. So, you cannot eliminate guns in America. If another one were never manufactured, 200 years from now, there would still be vast millions of guns here. And the guns later manufactured (post the '60s) are often of high quality components that if maintained, would last centuries. Here is all you could do, you could legally prevent the impulsive types or those with a mental illness history that for whatever reason decided to go buy a gun and kill or massacre. But as for those who plan their murder and mayhem - they can easily buy stolen or illegal guns - because they're EVERYWHERE, and CHEAP. The determined killer will not be stopped finding high-power, large-clip guns. Period! It's a fantasy to think so! The two centuries or so of people legally owning all manner of guns has built an enormous inventory in private hands. And there is little way of finding out who has what weapons. Records are only sporadic for a fraction of more recent gun sales. And, people sell and trade their weapons - with absolutely no records of such transactions.
So, access to U.S. guns will go on, even if made illegal. Criminals using weapons for mayhem - they don't care about laws! If banned, the only people who would turn in the weapons would be law-abiding types (or the exceptionally foolish, due to the danger that would put them in) - and knowing criminals would not turn in their guns - millions of law-abiding types would merely hide their guns, due to clearly understanding the dangerous threat posed by only criminals being armed. So, it's not that people want their guns to be protected against state tyranny - ha, VERY few could pose a threat to professional soldiers, even briefly. It's that people want to be able to protect themselves against criminals and murdering thugs - who have all manner of cheap, high-power guns available. So, the vast millions of weapons are already here - it's delusional to think we can just write some drastic, new gun laws and make the gun problem go away. It's totally impossible!
Nonetheless, we COULD and SHOULD tighten some
aspects of what types of weaponry that can be sold new. WE should, as sensible. But, again, that's only going to stop the impulsive types from LEGAL purchasing such items. So, you can slow some of these people down, but can't prevent them from private or illegal purchases. You could slow down people with criminal or mental records. But that's about it, as the determined person will still easily find USED/privately sold whatever gun he desires, illegally. And, unfortunately, there's no way of changing that.