Oleg Volk has been on something of a roll recently, and a few of his posts deserve attention. First:
Can guns be banned so effectively that they cannot be re-created by motivated people? Yes. It would require destroying all industrial capacity, exterminating anyone with knowledge of weapons or related industries (such as engine making, as firearms are merely heat engines with bullets instead of pistons) and continuing to kill off all new inventors. Such a path isn’t very practical and I hope that anyone in favor of enforcing gun control legislation thinks long and hard about it even being desirable.
(Emphasis in the original.)
And that is the inescapable, unavoidable problem with “gun control” – it will never, ever work. No matter how difficult the anti-rights nuts make it to purchase a firearm, no matter the regulation and restrictions they impose, no matter the punishments levied, they will be completely incapable of stopping someone with a rudimentary machine shop from cranking out firearms in his basement. The firearm djinn is out of the bottle, and no amount of wailing or gnashing of teeth will put it back in.
Confiscation of guns and restrictions on their use all have the effect of reducing safety of those affected. They have a secondary effect described long ago by Niccolo Machiavelli: “among other evils caused by being disarmed, it renders you contemptible“. Lest you think I am overstating the effect, how do TSA agents treat those they disarm? Guns as the defensive subset of personal weapons are a major component of liberty. It is still possible to be dependent while armed, but independence without arms is impossible.
Could the War of Independece have been successful if the Colonists had been disarmed? For that matter, what precipitated the initial battles at Lexington and Concord (among other reasons)? No matter how ineffective or useless the action might prove to be in the end, an armed individual always has the choice of standing up to a totalitarian government and saying, “NO!” with the actual ability to back up that word with actions; an unarmed man has no such choice. Better yet, a ragtag group of armed individuals, when given the appropriate motivation, can found what turned out to be one of the greatest countries in the world (once upon a time), even against superior military forces.
So, really, what does “gun control” hope to achieve, aside from failure and subjugation?