IF gun control worked, I would be its biggest proponent.
But the history of gun control shows that the government seizes on an emotionally troubling time to expand its power, while doing little to protect the citizenry.
Consider the Gun Control Act of 1968.
President Lyndon Johnson and the Democratic Party exploited the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy to pass this law.
The national homicide rate was 6.9 homicides per 100,000 people in 1968.
In 1969, it rose to 7.3 homicides per 100,000 people.
In 1970, it rose to 7.9 homicides per 100,000 people.
In 1971, it rose to 8.6 homicides per 100,000 people.
In 1972, it rose to 9.0 homicides per 100,000 people.
In 1973, it rose to 9.4 homicides per 100,000 people.
In 1974, it rose to 9.8 homicides per 100,000 people.
Within six years of the passage of this gun control measure, homicides rose by 42 percent.
It would be 29 years before the homicide rate fell below the 1968 rate.
I am not blaming gun control for this catastrophe.
Many are the other factors contributing to the terrible rise in homicides, including an emphasis on rehabilitation in prisons rather than locking criminals up to protect the public.
Liberal logic is to lock up the guns instead of the criminals.
In the 1990s, America reversed that and began locking up criminals with the three strikes law and the like — and the homicide rate dropped along with the overall crime rate.
Gun laws elsewhere also have a spotty history.