We all know that "gun control" does not work at its professed purpose – reducing crime and making people "safer". History has taught us this time and time again, and continues to teach it to us to this very day, but the invariable question is, "Why does ‘gun control’ not work?"
Well, we could go into to the sociopolitical ramifications of disarming the law-abiding segment of your population, the reality that criminals prefer defenseless prey, the amusement over fetishism being alive and well, the cold reality that, oddly enough, criminals do not obey laws, and countless other things… or I could just steal this comment from Archer:
The philosophy of “gun control” revolves around two primary assumptions:
a) That “average”, good, law-abiding people can’t be trusted to obey laws (therefore, they must be disarmed for their own safety); and
b) That criminals and the mentally ill can (the whole “Just One More Law” thing).
“Gun control” fails in practice because its primary assumptions are completely and utterly ridiculous.
*blink* That pretty much says it all, does it not?
And, unfortunately, it succinctly explains why anti-rights cultists and pro-rights activists will never see eye-to-eye. On the one hand, we are more than willing to allow law-abiding citizens to go throughout their days and lives with the absolute bare minimum of government intrusion or control because we trust those people, and we want criminals locked up appropriately because they have demonstrated they are not trustworthy. On the other hand, "gun control" extremists seem to believe that the entirety of the human race is untrustworthy on account of the misbehavior of a miniscule fraction of the whole, but subvert – or perhaps perpetuate – that belief by supporting and implementing policies that only serve to facilitate and encourage that aforementioned miniscule fraction.
With starting positions like that, there will likely never be common ground to reach… not that "compromising" with those who militantly desire to strip us of our Constitutionally-protected human rights is terribly high on my priority list to begin with.