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I do not doubt Tom Danehy’s gun buddy’s were stumped when he proposed his theory that the expiration of the assault weapons ban contributed to horror that awful day. Given the absurdity of Mr Danehy’s premise and the correspondingly flawed conclusion, their stupefaction can only be attributed to factors other than the strength of Mr. Danehy’s proposition.

There are too many holes and flaws in Mr. Danehy’s editorial for me to address them all but let’s start with the most obvious.

How can anyone know what might or might not have happened that day if a given law had or had not expired. The assault weapons ban did not magically eliminate high capacity magazines. High capacity magazines have been around for literally decades. Assault weapons ban or not, the shooter could have easily acquired high capacity magazines at anytime legitimately or otherwise. To think that fairy tale solutions like the assault weapons ban would have altered the outcome is patently absurd. Postulating such nonsense can reasonably be described as “crazy-ass” conjecture.

More significantly, history has shown time and time again that such bans don’t work. The truth is making an inanimate object illegal doesn’t stop the use of that object. It only forces it underground. What so many forget is, the only thing that legislation can do is provide justification for the prosecution of violators. We need laws in order to punish the irresponsible but the truth is, behavior cannot be legislated. Banning inanimate objects in an attempt to legislate behavior just doesn’t work. Never has. Never will. To think otherwise is a delusion.

In fairness to Mr. Danehy, I wish the prevention or at least the reduction of horrible crimes was as simple as passing a piece of legislation. I wish we could legislate away irresponsibility. I wish we could legislate away criminal behavior. I wish we could legislate away the Tragedy in Tucson. Unfortunately for all of us, it just doesn’t work that way. The world is such a wonderfully more complex and, as demonstrated that fateful day, such a hideously more evil place, it will take far more than simplistic solutions to resolve.

Posted by bwsterns on 01/25/2011 at 11:18 PM

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