Gun Control: America’s Next Prohibition?

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In 1920, the eighteenth amendment came into effect, which prohibited the use and transportation of all forms of alcohol in the United States. What followed was one of the worst outbreaks of rampant and organized crime this country has ever seen. In a scene similar to that in the 1920's, there is now talk of placing a ban on almost all firearms owned in the United States. This ban was already put into effect over a year and a half ago in Australia, and the results are unsettling, to say the least. Already armed robberies in Australia have risen by a dramatic forty four percent. Another unsettling similarity is how both countries have very loyal supporters who were willing to break the law to keep their rights. These violators of the law could have been punished and jailed by the law, but in neither instance were those laws enforced to their full extent.

If Congress passed a law enabling gun control in the United States, the results would only be the same of Prohibition in the 1920's.

In both of these cases, it can be clearly shown that these laws provided unnecessary protection for the citizens of their nations and a waste of money by the governments in trying to enforce these laws. In the years preceding the Prohibition, there were small but steady decreases in the consumption of alcohol per capita in the United States. One year into Prohibition alcohol consumption per capita was up over 300%. The same thing is happening in Australia with the new gun control laws. Figures over a 25-year period show a steady decrease in the number of armed robberies in Australia. However, exactly one year after the start of gun control laws in Australia, armed robberies are up 44%...