Any thoughts on the long term outlook of gun ownership?
That’s a question that’s commonly thought of within a political context, which is not my bag. The machinations of American politics are not something anyone can easily analyze, objectively speaking. But I also think that most of the people asking that question are failing to understand that the decision has already effectively been made for them, by the free market. The guns are out there, and they’re not going anywhere, because they’re tremendously difficult to take.
I’m no huge fan of Chairman Mao, for a number of reasons, but I do acknowledge he was a smart cookie. And one of the smartest things he ever said was, “Political power flows from the barrel of a gun.”
Most people on the left, and many people on the right, don’t fully understand how many guns there are. The numbers alone are boggling. I took a look at that in a previous article. tl;dr, a buyback ain’t cutting it, so if your concern is gun proliferation, you’re painted into a corner of nationwide confiscation, and that corner is far uglier than whatever problems we currently have.