It is dumb to suppose that the way to decrease crime is to make sure all potential victims of violent crime are disarmed. It is dumber yet to believe that a criminal will obey a gun-control law. No bank robber or rapist has ever set out and then stopped and said, “Gosh, I don’t have a permit for this weapon, so I guess I’d better not rob that bank or rape that girl.” No serial killer has ever said: “Gosh, I can’t kill this person with an unregistered weapon. That would be against the law.”
The dumbest idea is to suppose that an inanimate object can turn a noncriminal into a criminal. To believe that guns cause crime is as stupid as believing that hammers and saws cause houses. It is the grossest kind of mindless superstition to suppose that some magical qualities of an inanimate object can overpower the human will.
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