Gun control

Reason (magazine)

Reason (magazine) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I received the May, 2012 issue of Reason magazine today in the mail. There is a prominent article by Greg Beato entitled, “The Gun Explosion, Why the Firearms Boom is Good News for the American Economy.” Gun sales are way up and he lists several reasons. It is easier for small manufacturers to produce guns using computerized milling machines. More manufacturers are making more and different models. Women and men in combat are returning to civilian life with knowledge of guns and a desire to own one or more. Fear that some models may be banned. Beato’s closing words, the best way to reduce the sale of guns may be to defeat Barack Obama in November.

Guns and cigarettes

Picture of Daniel Webster

Picture of Daniel Webster (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Both are killers.

Just imagine how difficult it would be to control smoking if the right to cigarettes were protected by an amendment to the Constitution. Many still die each year because making and selling cigarettes is still profitable. However, the number who die is declining due to education and increased taxes. “The power to tax is the power to destroy,” according to Daniel Webster and John Marshall. Today in addition, many laws regulate where smoking is permitted.

If only it were as easy to regulate guns as it is to regulate cigarettes. However, the second amendment and the NRA make common sense regulation of guns more difficult and about 100 Americans die every day because of gun violence. Trayvon Martin was only one of the approximately 100 who died that day. Little notice taken of the other 99. If only education and taxation could reduce the number of guns in circulation and the number of gun deaths. Perhaps then we could enact sensible laws about the number and types of guns that people are allowed to own.

It is estimated that 90% of the guns in the hands of Mexican drug cartels are made and sold in the US. We are arming all sides in the drug wars and profiting from the deaths on our doorstep. The Fast and Furious operation was an attempt to trace the various routes US guns travel to Mexico. Many small purchases are made of assault weapons and others by individuals who buy to resell to the drug cartels.