Thursday, December 3, 2015

What the left really means when they say they want "reasonable" or "common sense" gun control...

As Ed Driscoll and Instapundit ask, what common sense gun laws does the left propose?  Proposals that would actually stop some of these shooting (without violating the 2nd Amendment). I asked the same question the other day after the Colorado Springs shooting.

Other than the gun show loophole (which is not really a loophole, is grossly exaggerated, and I don't recall ever contributing to a mass shooting), they tend to get quite vague. What many on the Left really want on gun control is the Japanese model.  I suppose they would work their way up to that with the slightly less draconian Australian model (the one Obama and Hillary love and by their metrics successful although not really as successful as its proponents claim) or the Great Britain model (which is by anyone's metrics is a disaster). Passing gun control laws (generally) don't prevent terrorists from getting guns.


Of course, (unlike Great Britain and Australia) Japan has a homogeneous culture and citizenry (why Japan has had no Islamic terrorism), highly restrictive immigration policies (similar to its gun laws, and Australia has onerous illegal immigration laws too), and a tradition citizens of obeying authority.

Here is how the Japanese do gun control:
Small-caliber rifles have been illegal to buy, sell, or transfer since 1971. Anyone who owned a rifle before then is allowed to keep it, but their heirs are required to turn it over to the police once the owner dies. 
The only guns that Japanese citizens can legally buy and use are shotguns and air rifles, and it's not easy to do. The process is detailed in David Kopel's landmark study on Japanese gun control, published in the 1993 Asia Pacific Law Review, still cited as current. (Kopel, no left-wing loony, is a member of the National Rifle Association and once wrote in National Review that looser gun control laws could have stopped Adolf Hitler.) 
To get a gun in Japan, first, you have to attend an all-day class and pass a written test, which are held only once per month. You also must take and pass a shooting range class. Then, head over to a hospital for a mental test and drug test (Japan is unusual in that potential gun owners must affirmatively prove their mental fitness), which you'll file with the police. Finally, pass a rigorous background check for any criminal record or association with criminal or extremist groups, and you will be the proud new owner of your shotgun or air rifle. Just don't forget to provide police with documentation on the specific location of the gun in your home, as well as the ammo, both of which must be locked and stored separately. And remember to have the police inspect the gun once per year and to re-take the class and exam every three years.
Instapundit: Farook's Armory (Didn't Farook violate a bunch of laws in doing what he did) and Premature Detonation? (and in full disclosure Glenn is promoting Amazon shooting supplies)
Legal Insurrection: IED factory? and Obama's Gun Control Fight
Hillary discussed gun control while San Bernadino happened and Obama's call for more gun control (but keeps vague on what and how) the left has a religious fervor about gun control
Thomas Sowell: Gun control zealots need to look at the evidence

Update:
I forgot to mention Canada.
Facts about Gun Control.
President Chidey is going to exercise some Executive Action on background checks, but Syrians refugees are being shipped to San Bernardino/Redlands, CA!
Loretta Lynch says San Bernardino shooting a "wonderful opportunity" to change America. And it is not BS, it is calculated lies intended to further his political agenda (President Chidey is very calculating)
Jonathan Turley is a moderate lefty, but he recognizes Obama's unilateral action violates separation of powers and does not address the supposed problem (it helps though if the media is backing you)
DaTechGuy has a question for the left and It's more than a narrative

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