Re: Are guns extropian? (Yes they are)
Mon, 13 Jul 1998 07:33:55 -0700 (PDT)

Max M [] wrote:
>Well thats pretty simple. Guns in the hands of the criminal and the weak
>minded is a problem now. Hence it should be adressed now. The other
>_possible_ threats wil have to be dealed with when they become a real.

But when have anti-gun laws ever affected criminal access to guns? I haven't seen a single documented example of removing guns from the hands of the law-abiding preventing criminals getting them; the Danish government can't even keep anti-tank missiles out of the hands of the biker gangs, and a BATF survey some time ago discovered that around 30% of all illegal guns siezed in DC were previously stolen from police evidence rooms. If the cops are selling guns to criminals, what chance does any law have to succeed?

Certainly in Britain the number of violent crimes committed with guns has increased vastly since the first anti-gun laws, and illegal guns are often cheaper than the few varieties which are still legal. Violent criminals are such a small minority of the population that it takes very few guns to fulfill their needs.