During a discussion about guns, which is all anyone is talking about lately, here are words of wisdom from my favorite fake homesteader and minimalist.
Australia and Britain both, after mass shooting incidents, instituted big-time gun control and virtually eliminated mass shootings.
But. . .that is because they are islands, says Nicole.
They are islands.
You know, surrounded by water, and therefore nobody can smuggle in guns.
She also probably has no idea how sparsely populated the majority of the Australian continent is, and how much shoreline exists and how impossible it would be to prevent smuggling entirely.
But Nicole follower and total moron Renee Moore tosses in her opinion.
They can get in from our bordering countries just like the drugs do!
You know, from Mexico. From Canada.
Both countries have far stricter gun laws than we do. Mexico has one gun store in the entire country. Read that again. One store where you can buy a gun. One. You have to navigate a mountain of red tape to get there.
Do you know where guns come from in Mexico? Ever thought about it?
Guess. Guess who is smuggling guns along the US/Mexico border.
Guess which way the guns flow that are being smuggled along the US/Canadian border.
A second dumbass Nicole follower, Sheila Howerter, chimes in.
Illegal drugs, firearms and illegal aliens and criminals/gang members are flowing across the Mexican border at an alarming rate.
Well, no. They aren’t.
Guns aren’t coming across at all, but are going the other way, as I already pointed out. Illegal immigration is way down and so is drug smuggling. Criminals and gang members were never a big issue in the first place, but something Trump used to scare people so he could carry on about a stupid wall.
This is one issue where Nicole and I agree. The reason that drug smuggling is down is because several states have legalized pot. There is no need to risk bringing it into the country illegally when you can just buy it in a store in front of God and everyone. We need to do more of that, strictly controlled, and we’ll see an end to the drug smuggling thing.
During Prohibition, there was a lot of alcohol smuggling, much of it from Canada. As soon as it was repealed, the problem went away.
All that illustrates something. If you make something illegal, people will still want it and they will find a way to get it. Right?
So if we institute strict gun control, we’ll just have a problem with illegal guns flowing into the country over the borders, right? You know, from those two countries with stricter gun laws than we have. Right?
Australia doesn’t have this problem (but actually they do), and Britain doesn’t either (only they really do, too), but that’s because they are islands and you can’t bring guns in on a boat or mail them through the parcel post. Or something.
But what about Germany?
Germany is definitely not an island.
Germany has really strict gun control. And predictably, Germany has a problem with illegal guns being smuggled into the country, just like Australia and Britain do.
But here’s the difference, and it’s a very big one.
Germany is fretting, seriously fretting, over their illegal gun situation. Yet, consider this.
In Germany, being murdered with a gun is as uncommon as being killed by a falling object in the United States. About two people out of every million are killed in a gun homicide.
Even with all those illegal weapons being smuggled across the German border, you have this sort of difference.
An all out ban could be put in place tomorrow. Do you honestly believe that criminals/mass shooters are going to simply hand over or turn in their firearms?! No, only law abiding gun owners such as myself would.
Well, Sheila, all I know is that Australia and Britain did exactly that. Now, half of my extended family is Australian and they are lovely people, but that doesn’t mean there are no criminals in Australia. I’m quite sure there are criminals in Britain too, and in Germany as well.
It worked for them. Somehow they made it work. Every country that has tried it has made it work.
Why are we different?
Note: Do NOT respond to this with stuff about values or morals or mental health. Just don’t. If you want to spout that crap, do it someplace else. There are mentally ill people all over the world, pretty evenly spread (and mental illness does not typically cause a person to become violent), and they also have folks in all those countries that are colossal assholes. We don’t have a corner on all that.
What we have is a massive, huge number of guns.