Putting Firearms Closer To Schoolchildren
I didn’t have much use for the 1994 assault weapons ban. The post-Sandy Hook proposal closed a few loopholes, but both seemed more based on a visceral reaction against weapons with a paramilitary look than a realistic desire to curb the availability of dangerous firearms.
Read the firearms enthusiast websites and you will soon run across this advice: the best gun is the one you have. All firearms are deadly, even .22 caliber target pistols, so I think it makes much more sense to address firearm ownership in general, treating firearms like motor vehicles: a useful tool in the right hands, but an accident waiting to happen in the wrong hands.
In, The N.R.A. Wins Again, Alex Koppelman sees the latest proposed assault weapons ban as a sacrificial ploy to make background checks more palatable:
Those gun-control supporters who tend toward the glass-half-full side of things can reasonably view this as Feinstein et. al realizing that the real goal of the post-Newtown anti-gun push was a law making background checks universal — that the ban was just a sacrifice offered up to ease that law’s path through Congress — and letting any Democrats nervous about the backlash against a pro-ban vote off the hook.
That may be true, and if so, the failure of the ban, and of universal background checks, and of straw purchase penalties and of anything except funding to put more security (meaning more guns) in schools is both very depressing and a strong argument in favor of home schooling.