As beautiful of an idea it is that we can somehow legislate bad, harmful, evil, horrible, atrocious, vile, despicable or nasty people out of control in our society...it's a pipe dream.
Throughout history we can easily find instances of evil in the hearts of Mankind, there's no shortage of Human Beings who have brought shame upon the rest of us through their acts of villainy. This being a well known fact, what's seemingly forgotten about though is what it always took to effectively combat the scum of our societies. NO ONE...EVER remembers that one guy who became a hero and went down in the history books as a savior because of some parchment that he wrote on...save for our founding fathers perhaps but they didn't legislate crime. The reason why legislators are hardly ever remembered is because the vast majority of thinkers in society can realistically presume that legislators have VERY little to do with stopping injustice from happening.
Now, I'm sure that each of us here can "Clickity clack" their keyboards with google and come up will all manners of historical figures that were prominent legislatures of their time who probably wrote something critically important in their respective society, my point isn't that they don't exist but is more of a focus on the fact that there is no way to accurately gauge the effect their legislation had on the lives of the people it affected. How many lives have been saved as a result of the ban on assault weapons? No one knows and moreover no one knows if there even was an effect. Best guess has been "There was no discernible impact
NOW, there's no shortage of people in this world who are extraordinary at Bi*ching about problems (Cough
BDKT), seems like everyone's pretty good at whining about something, so let's get to the solution. There are a multitude of variables to account for in my hypothesis but in this case we're going to focus on the only variable that seemingly reoccurs in every case with the exception of cases that aren't ever reported (Which makes no impact anyway as there's no way to measure those). We're going to focus on Law Enforcement. Generally, speaking, in cases of unlawful behavior where one or more persons affect the freedom or livelihood of another person or persons, Law Enforcement is notified in order to rectify the situation by either stopping it or serving as the beginning of the chain in punishment for the offender(s). It's no secret that police stop more crime by serving as a deterrent than they do by physically intervening Journal of Public Economics Study
, intervention by law enforcement is reactive and only prevents crime in theory according to the Department of Justice.
So essentially while the Police have an effect on crime...they cannot stop it in any measurable way, the vast majority of responses to crime reports by the Police are AFTER the fact.
This is where the solution stands. What if, in cases of crimes against persons, the "Would be" victim were able and ready to stop the perpetrator from harming them? Let's use London as an example. Stabbings are out of control in London, people live in fear of knife wielding assailants driving a blade into their neck or slashing their face with something designed to carve beef...what if people were able to stop someone from permanently disfiguring or killing them with a knife? There's already no guns allowed...so this can't be an issue of firearm control, this is an issue of people control. So what would you rather do, call the police assuming you survive the attack or have the ability to save yourself from being stabbed? How about being beaten to death with hands and feet? Would you rather pray that you don't bleed to death internally and call the police afterwards or just stop the attacker from hurting you in the first place?
This is an issue of equalization of violence. Start with Cavemen if it makes it easier. Jacob has a rock, Joshua doesn't have a rock but has food. Jacob wants Joshua's food, Jacob smashes Joshua with the rock because Joshua has nothing that can do the same amount of damage as Jacob's rock and Jacob is confident that his rock beats Joshua's fists. Now enter the written law, "No rocks allowed under penalty of death". So let's run the scenario again. Rocks are literally everywhere and there's no shortage of them, Jacob isn't allowed to have a rock but decides to carry one anyway, he just carries it under his loin cloth. Jacob still decides to kill Joshua and because he knows that Joshua won't have any rocks because he follows the rules, he's still confident that he'll succeed in taking Joshua's food. Of course the authorities might catch Jacob after he kills Joshua but all-in-all it's worth it because Jacob didn't have much going for him anyway and Joshua is still dead despite Jacob's eventual death penalty.
Now give Joshua a rock and see how differently things might happen. At the very least...Joshua might stand a chance at saving his own life.
My proposed solution to the issue of firearm violence is violence equalization. Humans are incredibly proficient at setting aside consequences with the thought that "Well, they might not happen and if they do...they'll happen much later" so that they can act now in a way that's unjustified. From telling your boss to "#uck off" to hit and run scenarios...people are really good and convincing themselves that consequences can be considered later so long as they enjoy the moment. This is why there's no way to accurately measure the effect of crime legislation. I can respect the idea of "The death penalty" but because our attempts so far have been lackluster and have actually resulted in innocent people being put to death
then I can't say with any good conscious that this is the answer. The guilty going free is horrible but the innocent being put to death is absolutely unacceptable in any regards, anyone who disagrees is either selling something or can't properly imagine themselves being the victim of it.
If a lightning bolt came down from the sky and struck someone every time they were about to murder someone with a firearm then that would be perfect. Unfortunately we can't summon that type of technology just yet so in the meantime, arming yourself comes in at a close 2nd.