Pax Baculum Loons vs. The Afronaut
Browsing Pax Baculum in search of techniques for the speedy disarm and incapacitation of vagrant minorities, I stumbled across this hilarious thread in which Afronaut attempts to take on the PB regulars on the issue of gun control.
Now, I heartily support private gun ownership, but there are reasonable limits. Phil and his ilk do not need Mark 19s, as much as they might think them quite dandily efficient for daily personal security.
In this entire argument on this thread, it seems that everyone, including Afronaut unfortunately, is missing the best, and only genuine, argument for gun control legislation.
The typical Second Amendment zealot's argument, other than hinging upon a misunderstanding of a dependent clause, is that regulations on gun ownership only affect law abiding citizens. By this logic, which seems impervious, regulations don't matter because criminals break laws by nature. Therefore, only decent law-abiding citizens are affected.
Anyone see the problem with that?
It's simple, really. It's true. And that's the point. By regulating the sale and possession of firearms, we force criminally-minded folks to obtain them through alternate channels to avoid being traced to weapons used in crimes. Therefore, the possession of an illegally-owned firearm demonstrates a kind of intent. Furthermore, and this is really important, this allows you to actually arrest someone before they've gone out and killed someone.
You can imagine the scenario. Police pull over a speeding driver, come out to a house on some other call, or what have you, and discover a huge weapons cache. With no regulation, you'd have to wait until people were actually killed. With it, law-abiding folk can have all the weapons allowed to them under the law, while those seeking to acquire them deliberately for the purpose of committing crimes can be distinguished from those who are not. They want to avoid records, registration, waiting periods, etc.
Translated into Pax Baculum language, this means that when a red-blooded American performs a citzen's arrest on that violent-looking Negro who certainly cannot be the rightful owner of the Mercedes Benz SL500 he is driving, when they find the inevitable stash of Tec-9s, they can bust him on that alone. That is of course, assuming he has already smoked the crack. Which he probably has, being a racial minority.
Of course, the logic over at Pax Baculum lurches into even greater slapstick. According to Phil, unless you know more about firearms than he does, you cannot disagree with him on the virtues of gun control legislation.
Now this seems a rather tortuous position to try and hold, no?