Friday, November 06, 2015
"Nobody is Trying to Take Your Guns!"
More modern samizdat art from the new media. This poster succinctly portrays the disarmist strategy of disarmament by a thousand cuts, or incremental confiscation.
The strategy worked in England and Wales (and one could argue, medieval Japan), but it is not working in the United States.
The premise is to make guns costly and difficult or impossible to use without severe legal impediments. This is supposed to lead to reduced levels of gun ownership. When gun ownership drops to the point where it becomes politically ineffective, then wide scale confiscation becomes possible.
Until that point, incremental confiscation is the name of the game. This is done by increasing the classes of people prohibited from owning guns, incrementally increasing the classes of guns that are prohibited (too big or too small, too effective, or not effective enough, or scary looking) for example, and aggressively confiscating guns from people when they or their guns become a member of one of the prohibited classes.
But in the United States, the gun culture has fought back by making guns more utilitarian through concealed carry laws, the castle doctrine, and stand your ground laws. Gun confiscation can only be sold when defense of self and others is de-legitimized. Gun ownership is up, not down, and the total number of guns in the United States is now approaching 400 million, about double from 30 years ago.
At the same time, the murder rate has dropped in half, putting the lie to the central excuse used to market gun prohibition "more guns, more crime". It turns out that guns either have little effect on crime, or "more guns, less crime" is what happens in American culture.
The disarmists are left trying to market blatant lies, such as "there is an epidemic of gun violence" or "semi-automatic assault rifles are the weapon of choice of criminals".
The new media, as exemplified by the poster, means that disarmists no longer have an oligopoly on the dissemination of information. It is why the disarmists are losing.
Definition of disarmist
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